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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Home Within a Landscape by Alexey L. Kovalev is a cautionary tale about what happens when the human connection goes awry, when the old days of rhyme and reason devolve into meaningless exuberance and desecration of values. A new craze overwhelms the world and humanity becomes polarized from all the chaos and adversity. Humanity tries to turn around, to rectify the wrongs that have thrown the world into disarray. The United States tries to rebuild by putting its future in the hands of people that she deems rational. Here you get a story of people from different walks of life: Judith Gordon, an aging lesbian, learns target shooting under the instruction of a corrections officer who is a white conservative Christian; Charlie, a gifted biology student from North Korea, gives a unique and highly original analysis of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; and then there’s Melvin Reed, a suicidal IT specialist whose diary contains radical responses to the questions of a universe that refuses to cooperate.
Home Within a Landscape is the kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate ourselves, think of the choices we make, and how this impacts our interpersonal relationships. With a narrative filled with poetic beauty, Alexey L. Kovalev lets us take a fresh look at a future world that may well evolve from the disagreements and calamities of the present. Yes, Kovalev sees it as a future that offers solutions, but at what cost? Reading Melvin Reed’s notes will strike a familiar chord—something about age-old concerns given a fresh perspective that is thought-provoking. Home Within a Landscape is a revelatory glimpse of the human experience in a world that is attempting to make things right. The lyrical quality of this tale sings, and it’s a top-notch story in the dystopian genre.