Thursday, 23 May 2019

Books From The Backlog - To The Blossom From The Flame by Jason Srebnick

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada and my review is on Literary Flits.

Next up is:

To The Blossom From The Flame by Jason Srebnick

The city of New Boston...

In the world of Aaron Cogwell going to work at his Corporation seven days a week for a minimum seventeen hour work day is the norm. Weekends are an archaic thing of the very distant past. Now there are workends: Four hour work stoppages every thirty-six days. The Corporations are nothing if not efficient. People are judged by marks such as Corporate status, the size and class of their residence and by how much "stuff" they have in their display chambers. And this information is all very public and available for viewing on the HRN. Government still exists but is a small and meaningless footnote in a very large Corporate world. People now pledge allegiance to their Corporation. 

Aaron is more than happy with his life like this. He's thankful to his Corporation for all it has given him. For all of the stuff that he and his wife have been able to accumulate. They were given this life by the Corporation. And they are forever loyal for it.

Then again this is all Aaron or anyone else in CorpWorld has ever known. There are no alternatives. At least that is what Aaron believes. Until one day a major event changes his life’s course and he meets a mysterious stranger who helps him to realize that, indeed, there is a choice.

I downloaded Jason Srebnick's debut novel from NoiseTrade so long ago (three-ish years, oops!) that it's now got a completely different title! Escape From Corpworld has become To The Blossom From The Flame. It's a dystopian tale and I do enjoy dark dystopia so fingers crossed for this one.


  1. Based on the blurb, I think it sounds pretty good. Love the mysterious stranger angle.

    1. I know this really appealed to me when I first saw it, so hopefully I can recapture the enthusiasm