Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2022
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Putnam through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
A man with amnesia wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world, injured and alone. He has vague memories of life before, but can’t seem to piece together how the world has come to its current state. As his memories return, he struggles to survive in the harsh environment until he meets a boy and realizes that life is much different than he thought.
City of Orange is not what you expect, which is a two-edged sword. The snippet conveys an exciting post-apocalyptic story, and City of Orange is anything but excited. The story is slow-paced and, quite honestly, drags for most of the book. However, the unexpected message of the book is clever and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, I’m not sure the slog of reading the book is worth the reward at the end.
This imaginative and affecting new novel is beloved, bestselling, and award-winning author David Yoon at his finest: thought-provoking and heart-piercing, by turns funny and challenging, and at all times deeply human.
A man who can not remember his own name wakes up in an apocalyptic landscape, injured and alone. He has vague memories of life before, but he can’t see it clearly and can’t grasp how his current situation came to be. He must learn to survive by finding sources of water and foraging for food. Then he encounters a boy–and he realizes nothing is what he thought it was, neither the past nor the present.
City of Orange is a novel that is both harrowing and heartfelt, charged with a speculative energy but grounded in intimate character study. It is a novel about coming to grips with the worst that has befallen us and finding our way home again.
About David Yoon
David Yoon is the author of Frankly in Love, Super Fake Love Song, Version Zero, and City of Orange. Yoon currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon. Visit the author’s website →