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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Rachel Creager Ireland pens a perplexing futuristic tale in Post Rock Limestone Caryatids. The world has become virtual reality. Most of mankind live within their individual cubes, never venturing out. Fear, disease and unpredictability keep them enclosed. However, not all embrace the isolation, convenience and safety measures of the new world “sponsored” Corporocracy Order. Maeve is one of those people. After Maeve’s sister dies from a post-surgery hemorrhage after childbirth, Maeve begins to question the ways of sponsorship. All she wants for her baby niece, Lada, is the opportunity to be nurtured by touch and the love of family. Determined to rescue her niece, she will stop at nothing to gain custody, even if it means stealing her out of the system. Maeve hears of a mysterious group of people living unsponsored in Kansas. She embarks on a journey into the unknown, to find freedom for herself and hopefully her niece. What will be the cost of her freedom? What must she do for her life to matter, to really make a difference?
Post Rock Limestone Caryatids by Rachel Creager Ireland reveals a simplistic “no brainer” world. People, although extremely advanced technically, are simple-minded due to the control of the system. No one needs to think beyond themselves, the system does it all for you. The setting is a future society ruled by corporate sponsors. Interesting notion, the almighty dollar remains the one true universal power. Within this futuristic world are medical drones, avatars, robo-surgeons, “neurostimming,” and “virching.” Ireland creates a bizarre and eclectic cast of characters as well. In the beginning, I found myself asking “what?” many times. Ireland’s story confirms that home grown food, not manufactured chemically treated nutrients, tastes better, and - regardless of what the future holds - music remains a powerful enduring force. But most of all, our lives are meant to be lived in the community of others. Simply put, “Some things in life can’t be replicated.”