The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange

Perpetual Motion ClubThe Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange

Description from Goodreads

Welcome to the high school of the future. The glee club is full of rock stars, the brainy kids hack permanent records, and the basketball players are as conceited as the cheerleaders. The walls are ablaze with six-foot-high logos of the hottest junk food, software, and clothing brands of the day. The popular kids are sponsored by Abercrombie, Microsoft, and Frito-Lay. You, on the other hand, can’t even get a return text from Clearasil. Your best friend is a witch, your boyfriend a twerp. Your geometry teacher hates you and your mom is gleefully counting down the days until graduation. Guess it’s time for another hit of iHigh.

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I found this book to be a very easy and enjoyable read. It gave an interesting view of life at a futuristic high school, where technology, communications and in particular computer programming are the main focus, all through the eyes of the main character Elsa. It is the story of a girl, a free spirit, bucking the norm, then falling for the high school basketball star, Jason, who appears to be almost oblivious to her existence.

I found the characters interesting, especially Elsa, and in particular her relationship with her best friend May and her mother Lainie.

Elsa is not interested in joining the high school science club, despite the advice of family, friends and teachers. She wants to start her own club, ‘The Perpetual Motion Club’, (PMC), and proceeds to do so enlisting the reluctant aid of her best friend May, and Jimmy, the boy that has always loved her from afar.

When the remainder of the PMC seem to abandon Elsa after Jason comes to stay, having been accused of a heinous crime that he did not commit, they bond and he helps her with the PMC, recruiting his former basketball team mates and their cohorts. Elsa helps prove his innocence and they remain friends when he leaves. The original PMC members return and successfully complete the now far different objective of the PMC.

In this future world inanimate objects speak to you, everyday items such as tables, sinks, and refrigerators ask you what you want, give you instructions, and wish you a great day. Many of the things in this world are an exploded and exaggerated version of the sorts of things that are on the fringe now, become commonplace. It is a future that is not far from imagining. Technology has even been adapted to allow the experiencing of a natural high by earbud.

You should decide for your self whether this book is ‘slice’ or ‘macabre’. I highly recommend it and have no doubt that you will find it ‘slice’ too. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you had better read the book.

This review is based on a Review Copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

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5 thoughts on “The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange

    • I imagine that it is a challenging, but mainly a matter of deciding what you want the future to be like. Basing it on an exaggeration of the present would seem a sensible approach. I guess the main issue is how far in the future you are writing, and whether it is meant to be a realistic earth future.

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