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Into the Forest By Jean Hegland Into the Forest Set in the near future Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home Over miles

  • Title: Into the Forest
  • Author: Jean Hegland
  • ISBN: 9780553379617
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Into the Forest By Jean Hegland Set in the near future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them No single evenSet in the near future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them No single event precedes society s fall There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood s A Handmaid s Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near future America.
    Into the Forest By Jean Hegland

    Into the Forest Jul , Directed by Patricia Rozema With Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home. Into The Forest Rotten Tomatoes Audience Reviews for Into The Forest May , Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood are great, and up to a certain point this seems like a very mature film about sisterhood despite a Into the Forest Into the Forest Jean Hegland A work of extraordinary power, insight and lyricism, Into the Forest is both an urgent warning and a passionate celebration of life and love Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade From the first page, the sense of crisis and the lucid, honest voice of the narrator pull the reader in. Into the Forest movie review film summary Roger Jul , The similarly low key Canadian import Into the Forest may not quite hit the heights of those examples, but this story of a pair of mismatched sisters forced to face the unthinkable is, at least for most of its running time, a strong, smart and moving end of the world drama that is further bolstered by strong performances from co stars Ellen Page and Evan Into the Forest Summary SuperSummary Into the Forest is a dystopian novel by American author Jean Hegland Set in the woods of Northern California in the not too distant future, it is the tale of two teenage sisters, Nell and Eva, who must learn to survive on their own after the collapse of civilization. Into the Forest Plot Summary Into the Forest Plot Showing all items Jump to Summaries Summaries After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home In a world that is increasingly dependent on electricity, a power outage seems like an awful predicament, as we can t imagine ourselves living in a world

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    1. karen on said:

      this is definitely a novel.i mean, i never thought it was a true story, but i just want to emphasize that decisions characters make in this book are very much suitable for literary purposes they provide dramatic tension and character development and a story arc, but as far as practical decision making goes, these sisters fall a little short and there was a period when i thought, hey these girls finally have it together and are taking real steps towards their own survival, only to modify that som [...]

    2. Lisa Vegan on said:

      This became one of my favorite books as soon as I read it I was totally immersed while reading and continue to dwell on this book I almost gave it 4 vs 5 stars though, because I didn t like the end But, I realize, it s not that I thought the end was poorly done it was just difficult for me to agree with aspects of the decisions made The fact that certain happenings were so painful for me, shows how powerful this book seemed to me This is a beautifully told story about 2 sisters who must fend for [...]

    3. jtabz on said:

      Where to start First off, I was a bit irritated by the implausibility of the characters transformations from civilized girls to wild women After reading The Omnivores Dilemma just a couple months ago, it was hard not to scoff at, say, the pig hunting episode, or the I m gonna teach myself how to shoot a rifle today episode, or the ease with which the girls begin identifying edible plants in their yard with nothing but the help of a poorly illustrated field guide But the real death knell for me w [...]

    4. Mariel on said:

      Into the Forest was a random book find I picked it off the shelves and decided it sounded like something my sister would like Two young sisters hiding from the rest of their post apocolyptic world that is rapidly become further rings of apocolyptic mess, learning to survive and make a new world out of the old I, um, pretty much talked her into buying a book that I kinda wanted to read I m sneaky that way Lauren devoured it in one sitting I did the same, but in my case it turned into wanting to [...]

    5. Raeleen Lemay on said:

      4.25 5 THIS BOOK WAS SO GREAT The writing was so beautiful and the descriptions were gorgeous and haunting and made the characters and images leap off the page My only issue was the way the story was told through journal entries that Nell wrote I feel like if the story had been told in third person it would have given a complete picture of what the two sisters went through, and would be realistic than Nell constantly writing in a journal despite all of the other things keeping her busy Other t [...]

    6. Allison (The Allure of Books) on said:

      This book is weird.For the first 100 pages or so, I loved loved LOVED the story Its a scary portrayal of the breakdown of Americad the story of a family that lives out in the middle of nowhere, right on the edge of a forest They end up having to survive on some canned food they harvested from their garden The dystopian aspect of the story is captivating, horrifying, and poignant Basically half scared the crap out of me, and half made me want to dance around my house hugging everything from my cl [...]

    7. Virginia Messina on said:

      In this haunting and thought provoking book, a series of natural disasters and man made events conspire to bring the U.S to its knees as the infrastructure gradually begins to falter Eventually all utilities shut down completely, and without electricity and gas, there is no real news just rumors Stores quickly empty, and desperation and fear set in The story focuses on two teenage girls who live about 30 miles from the nearest town in the northern redwood forest of CA The deaths of their parents [...]

    8. Carrie on said:

      Finally This book was a burden to get through Now that I m done, I feel as if I ve stepped out from the shadow of a dark cloud Now I wonder, was it really worth finishing The language was descriptive and precise, but the tone was very depressing And, it contained some of the most offensive material I ve ever read or seen I m even horrified to repeat it Graphic sex is one thing, but this book has a scene where two sisters make love That goes far beyond crossing the line It makes me want to throw [...]

    9. Stacia (the 2010 club) on said:

      By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else.From beauty no road leads to reality Hannah ArendtI waited for over a year to read Into the Forest In that frame of time, I had imagined this idea in my head of a book filled with controversy and chaos The reality of what this book was never crossed paths with what I had imagined It was far better.This story takes place in a post apocalyptic time but it is not a post apocalyptic book This story features an act of incest very brief [...]

    10. Wealhtheow on said:

      Nell and Eve are precocious teenagers living with their anti establishment parents in the middle of a redwood forest Their contact with the outside world is sporadic, so it takes them a while to realize that civilization is crumbling around them Hegland is vague about the reasons a far off war, new strains of disease, terrorist attacks on US soil She wrote this in 1996, when all of this was less hackneyed But after a few seasons of this, the family is left without electricity, internet, telephon [...]

    11. H Dodge on said:

      Spoilers ahead I didn t like this book, I ll just get that out of the way I had to read it for a class on the Apocalypse in American Literature, which was probably one of my favorite classes that I ve taken thus far in college After hearing about the basic themes of the book, essentially 2 sisters in the middle of nowhere trying to survive after some sort of war or peak oil situation it s never clear what s going on exactly essentially shuts down civilization as we know it, I was expecting to li [...]

    12. Angie on said:

      I am a fan of apocalyptic fiction, and this one started out ok unfortunately, it ended really poorly I liked the fact that the sisters were isolated And I actually think there reactions to the end of the world as they know it is probably how a lot of people would react with a bit a denial and an unreasonable hope that things will get better soon.I found the characters pretty unlikeable however Both Eve and Nell were naive and ignorant in their own ways This made them fairly true to life but not [...]

    13. Suzi on said:

      i had some difficulty relating to the main characters, but the story of the slowly crumbling infrastructure of the united states is incredibly compelling, and i found myself thinking, oh my gosh, that could really happen and jeez, that already is i was suddenly lured into the premise and the what if feeling it inspired, which made me a little paranoid especially when the narrator states, It s amazing how quickly everyone adapted to the changes I suppose it s like the way people had already gotte [...]

    14. Italiangirl Needia on said:

      This will be a hard one to review I actually met Jean Hegland She doesn t live too far away outside of Sebastopol, in northern California The fictional town of Redwood reminds me of Sebastopol.So first you have to wrap your mind around a society which is falling apart natural disasters, disease, government infrastructure collapsing, etc.There is a family who lives about 30 miles from the town of Redwood, as as things start to collapse they learn to cope in their individual ways As time goes on, [...]

    15. Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks) on said:

      Set in the near future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home Over 30 miles from the nearest town, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them No single event precedes society s fall There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity turns off and gas is nowhere to be found Th [...]

    16. Laura on said:

      Ok Real talk This book Mainly horse shit In a way, I guess it s a realistic look at what a post apocalyptic world would look like for a family that was already pretty much living off the grid Nell cans tomatoes Nell learns how to kill a pig All, conveniently, by reading encyclopedias that are in the house BUT COME ON AS IF I am as if ing all over this book Eli You batted your lashes at this boy for a hot minute over a flask in a shady square and all of a sudden you re pining for him Bish please [...]

    17. Julie on said:

      When 9 11 hit, I was reading this book It was frightening and exciting all at once It is about a sickness that causes everyone to either die or hide Two sisters go into the forest with their family and later must learn to survive on their own I learned some interesting survival techniques and think that if we ever have to go survive in our cabin in some type of disaster situation, I just might have some skills.

    18. Addie on said:

      After a string of lighter reads, I felt ready and relieved to tackle something with substance, darkness, and so I picked up Into the Forest from the library having little to no idea what I was about to get myself into.One of the things I liked most about this book was that you know no about what is going on in the world outside the forest than Nell and Eva do There is no omniscient being to fill you in, and even the information they receive from outside sources is conflicting You re stuck wit [...]

    19. Sandra Heinzman on said:

      I read this book in two sittings, and I couldn t put it down First, I could relate to the homeschooling unschooling in the story, as my family homeschooled for 12 years Everything the girls mainly Nell learned, she learned on her own, through her own interests, from books, from trial and error, from invention I found it all fascinating and believable, and often enviable It is the first fiction book I ve read about unschooling and it delivered Also, I felt that the way the world was crumbling cou [...]

    20. Jessica on said:

      This book was SO good until about halfway when the author made it get extremely weird Besides the very disturbing parts, the ending was terrible as well.

    21. Julie Christine on said:

      A poignant, sensual and carefully written book that will remain quietly in my mind for a long time to come What strikes me, why I gave it a fifth star, is how it has remained relevant, fresh, shocking and provoking fifteen years after it was written The United States in 2010 is closer to the brink than Ms Hegland envisioned in 1995 it is not much of a stretch to imagine a country that simply can t afford to pay its bills, where civil war erupts between political parties, where disease cannot be [...]

    22. Lee on said:

      This is a beautifully written book about two teenaged sisters who are left to fend for themselves after surviving the death of both parents The older sister Nell paints a lovely portrait of a family who live by their own rules, on a large plot of land 30 miles from the nearest town The girls have a free range education at home, roaming the forest, following their own interests until slowly things begin to change A series of events leaves the girls stranded on their homestead, surviving on dwindl [...]

    23. Michael on said:

      There s a lot to like in Hegland s end of the world story For the first half, at least, it s the most hopeful apocalypse I ve come across Hegland dwells far on the two teenage sister main characters than on the means of the world s end in fact, the precise reason is never fully explained The end result is a family story and a survival story An interesting angle on a notion that has been worked over many times.

    24. Lala BooksandLala on said:

      My final rating is a 4.5 5, only a few slight things took away from this being a perfect novel for me It 100% appealed to my earth mama senses and while slower on action and dialogue than I was expecting, I didn t get bored once.

    25. Shainlock on said:

      This book started out interesting and went to the other side of strange My opinion is probably not a popular thing but,but here it is anyway.It is given to you in pieces in a journal that one of the two sisters writes Nell doesn t sound right later on in the book Not that she should sound just right as rain , but she starts sounding like an old man rather than a young teenage woman I love that she is smart, but she sounds like she suddenly became an old crone Her experiences would age you, yes, [...]

    26. Céline - Tasse de culture on said:

      J ai d vor ce roman J ai tout de suite t happ par l histoire et les deux personnages principaux, Eva et Nell Ces deux s urs se retrouvent survivre dans leur maison de famille au fond des bois suite la disparition de l lectricit L intrigue est prenante et racont e avec beaucoup de po sie a aurait pu tre un coup de coeur si quelques l ments ne m avaient pas d rang

    27. Julie on said:

      TERRIBLE I love to read books and then watch the movie this one will be out July 22nd , but this may be one that I don t even bother seeing because the book was so idiotic So there are two sisters and a father who live out in a house in the woods Something happens in the world that causes electricity phones to go out, although they go dead slowly so that the family kind of doesn t notice Or gets used to it, or whatever So when the electricity only comes on for half of the day, wouldn t it be a g [...]

    28. Kerry Connelly on said:

      Beautiful prose from the on set, it reminded me somewhat of Morrison s Beloved which is odd considering that title was mentioned toward the end of this book THIS type of situation COULD genuinely happen The electricity goes off suddenly the world as you know it changes.Nothing you hold to priority matter s any college, travel, promotions, having the latest this or that The only thing that matter s is survival and survival in a much baser sense than we now a days know it to be The concept of how [...]

    29. Hannah on said:

      I guess there s a movie adaptation coming out now, but they ve added a bunch of sci fi elements I guess this could happen tomorrow spec fic just isn t good enough for a general audience Two sisters try to survive alone in their rural house after a flu pandemic wipes out most of the US population.It s very heavy on the symbolism.The ending originally angered me because I felt like the main characters were making all the wrong choices especially with regards to the whole view spoiler incest bit hi [...]

    30. Melody on said:

      This haunting and exquisite dystopian story grabbed me by the throat and took over my day I was powerless to do anything but read until I ran out of pages The writing is excellent I ve got a soft spot for dystopian fiction, and there is very little in the genre that feels sweet, save this Two sisters, alone in the middle of nowhere, figuring out how to survive on nothing after the collapse of civilization yeah, yeah, you think, I ve read THIS before But it s so raw, and so real, and so sweet tha [...]

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