Generation Loss: Simply ensnares you

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsfantasy book reviews Elizabeth Hand Generation LossGeneration Loss by Elizabeth Hand

Some books simply ensnare you in the first few chapters, and that’s what happened to me when I picked up Generation Loss.

First is our protagonist, someone who, in the hands of a different writer, would be painted as pathetic and pitiful. Yet she’s compelling and one easily falls in love with her despite all her faults — the rebellious girl you know you should avoid but can’t help feeling attracted to.

Then there’s the tone. Elizabeth Hand successfully conjures the ‘70s punk scene — something of which I’m ignorant yet, when Hand writes about it, it not only sounds authentic but actually feels familiar. This is compounded by the heroine’s passion for photography and through a combination of details and apt metaphors that are consistent throughout Generation Loss, one has an anchor to tie the narrative and the title to.

Setting is another powerful tool in Hand’s arsenal. One can feel the chill and the gloominess of the atmosphere, as if it’s a forgotten memory rather than a fabricated vista. There are a lot of dark themes and motifs tackled in Generation Loss and this is not a clear-cut story of redemption. That would be too easy.

Perhaps the highlight for me is Hand’s characterization. Her protagonist remains faithful to herself, all the while skirting the life of an actual rebel. There are no apologies, simply choosing the best course of action at the time. There’s a certain romance in her tragedy and the Elizabeth Hand nurtures this aspect, giving readers an incentive to stay for the entire ride.

Generation Loss definitely impressed me, a book that hooks you and drowns you with its many layers. Whether it’s technique or overall impact, Hand succeeds on both counts.

FanLit thanks Charles Tan from Bibliophile Stalker for contributing this guest review.

Cass Neary — (2007-2016) Young adult. Publisher: Cass Neary made her name in the 1970s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and hangers on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, got her into art galleries and a book deal. But 30 years later she is adrift, on her waydown, and almost out. Then an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Downeast, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and into one final shot at redemption.

Elizabeth Hand Generation LossElizabeth Hand Cass Neary 1. Generation Loss 2. Available Dark

SHARE:  Facebooktwitterredditpinteresttumblrmail  FOLLOW:  Facebooktwitterrsstumblr
If you plan to buy this book, you can support FanLit by clicking on the book cover above and buying it (and anything else) at Amazon. It costs you nothing extra, but Amazon pays us a small referral fee. Click any book cover or this link. We use this income to keep the site running. It pays for website hosting, postage for giveaways, and bookmarks and t-shirts. Thank you!

CHARLES TAN, one of our guest reviewers, is the owner of the blogs Bibliophile Stalker and Comic Quest. He also edits Philippine Speculative Fiction. You can read his fiction in that publication and in The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories. Charles has conducted interviews for The Nebula Awards and The Shirley Jackson Awards, as well as for online magazines such as SF Crowsnest and SFScope. He is a regular contributor to sites like SFF Audio and Comics Village.

View all posts by

Review this book and/or Leave a comment:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *