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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Threshold by Susan Feathers is a compelling novel with a powerful prophetic message, a story that is purpose-driven and that should speak to contemporary readers with an irresistible eloquence. It’s a story set in the near future, a story about a city that is rapidly turned into a desert. When the drought hits the Tucson, Arizona community, its leaders know it could be the beginning of an apocalypse. There is lack of water and scarcity because the environment has been greatly abused. But who gets what of the little that is left? It’s the moment of the survival of the fittest and, at such a time, one witnesses the peak of human greed and the divisions within a community, but one finds love also. Meet compelling characters in a story that predicts the fate of humanity if drastic measures are not taken to protect the environment.
Susan Feathers’ novel is a very powerful story with great symbolism. The title itself could signify that humanity is on the brink of a new era. Although it is set in the near future, the story cries to be read; it is filled with realism and a warning we have heard and ignored many times too often. The writing is tight, accessible, and well-polished. The conflict is phenomenal, and it will remind readers of the controversies that are becoming issues for political debate in today’s fast-changing technological environment.
The plot is unique and it seems to evolve around the ecological changes. The prologue already signals that things are changing, but in a very negative way. The introduction of the young cub who can’t live comfortably because of scarcity indicates that we are killing the earth. Threshold is, indeed, a story about community, beauty, and love. Here is the book that anyone who cares about the future of our world should read.