Rainbow Valley

A Story of Choices

Fiction - Science Fiction
304 Pages
Reviewed on 06/26/2022
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Rainbow Valley: A Story Of Choices by Francis Mont unfolds after a nuclear war destroyed most of the USA and the rest of the world. Climate change has also wreaked havoc on weather conditions resulting in hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, droughts and a rise in sea levels. In Sacramento Valley, California, some towns survived the destruction and its human population is trying to rebuild their lives. Before this destruction, automation and alternative power generation had improved drastically and this will help greatly in rebuilding society, making it possible to produce food and power and the utilization of artificial intelligence or robots in the formidable tasks ahead. Each town formulates its own economic system, choosing for themselves what works for them. This is with the aid of advanced computers, designed and programmed by their human creators to safeguard the interests of the population.

Francis Mont’s Rainbow Valley: A Story Of Choices is a science fiction novel that depicts a frightening world. What makes it chilling is that we may well be on our way to this dystopian world. The story is well researched, so much so that it is quite realistic. Francis Mont has a vivid descriptive style and the flow of his narrative is logical. Fast-paced with many interesting plot twists, it is an interesting read. And in spite of the chaos brought about by the breakdown of the world order, the indomitable human spirit shines through and this is what makes Rainbow Valley different from many dystopian novels. Humans may, after all, learn from past mistakes, and build communities that truly nurture life.

K.C. Finn

Rainbow Valley: A Story of Choices is a work of fiction in the speculative fiction subgenre. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Francis Mont. In a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors of nuclear war are trying to rebuild their lives and revive the broken world around them, six small towns in the Sacramento Valley in California form a new way to live. We see them grow and thrive through different social and economic systems, and each town develops its own leadership style (or lack thereof). Yet harmony may be possible even in such diverse circumstances.

Author Francis Mont brings an interesting perspective to post-apocalyptic style fiction by offering visions of a rebuilt world that actually balance out the utopian vision with some very practical thinking indeed. As a work of fiction, the novel reads much more like a real history than a story, but this works wonderfully for readers to settle into the realism and the hope for a brighter future that this book creates. I also thought that the worldbuilding and internal logic of the piece was solidly crafted, with some great dynamics occurring between the different towns and their co-existence being really harmonious and neatly balanced as time went on. Overall, I would highly recommend Rainbow Valley: A Story of Choices to anyone wishing to read upbeat and intricately woven speculative fiction that has much to offer and will certainly leave you thinking for a long time afterward.