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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow is an exciting look at our world in the near future. Unlike many novels about the future, Ghetto feels close, warm, and totally possible. Part of the surprising warmth and intimacy of Ghetto is the amazing voice of our narrator, Sunny, who just happens to be the daughter of the newly re-elected President. She is very likable and, as she goes about living her daily schedule, we get a clear picture of her world, and it doesn't take a genius to see how it evolved from ours. A high tech wardrobe. A personal robot/friend/companion/bodyguard/a one shot, cure all miracle medical treatment: all these things are right around our future corner and M.L. Sparrow shows us how they might fit into our world.
Sunny Grace Beaumont is a quiet, old-school computer geek. She lives in her own little world at the top of the pecking order. There are four social classes in this world created by M.L. Sparrow and it is so easy to see how this evolved from our current politics. First class is elite old money. Second class is wealthy professionals. Third class is composed of common laborers and the people of the Ghetto who live outside polite society. A silly expedition to the ghetto to get a type-wheel for a typewriter brings the two worlds of first class and Ghetto into direct contact and a great story is the result. The factors of a very sympathetic protagonist, along with a future that is almost familiar because it is so well extrapolated from now, are two very strong reasons Ghetto is such a great read. Ghetto has great characters in a terrible situation. That makes for pretty good fiction.