Author: Bianca Zander
Reading Level: Adult
Released: May 5th 2015
Review Source: William Morrow & Company
From the author of the acclaimed The Girl Below comes a stunning novel of one woman's attempt to outrun the destiny that is predicted for her, moving from a remote New Zealand commune in the waning days of 1970s free-love experimentation to the heady music scene of 1980s London.
Gaialands, a bucolic vegan commune in the New Zealand wilderness, is the only home fifteen-year-old Poppy has ever known. It's the epitome of 1970s counterculture--a place of free love, hard work, and high ideals...at least in theory. The reality is complicated and sometimes fraught, especially as its children reach adolescence. Poppy is drawn to handsome sixteen-year-old Lukas, who's increasingly skeptical of Gaialands and the adults who shape its rules.
To help 'heal' the commune's energy, new arrival Shakti harnesses her divination powers in a Predictions ceremony. All of Gaialands' teenagers receive a card outlining their futures. Poppy, predicted to find her true love overseas, joins Lukas when he follows his dream of starting a punk rock band first in Auckland and then on to London, where punk has given way to 80s pop and hair metal. Struggling simply to survive as they navigate the city's squats, pubs, and burgeoning clubs, she and Lukas drift apart. Poppy finds a life that looks very like the one her prediction promised, but is it the one she truly wants? And if not, can she define her own happiness, even if it takes her in unanticipated directions?
The Predictions is a mesmerizing, magical novel of fate, love, mistakes, and finding your place.
The first word that comes to mind when describing The Prediction is odd. The story itself is interesting, it pertains to fate and ways of human thinking. As a human being, I often wonder my future. What it entitles, what will become of me. Still, why spoil yourself by having someone predict your future. Like the great Doctor said, “All that counts is here and now..”
Poppy’s adventure began when she was promised true love in a foreign land. With this prediction, Poppy leaves her town with no fear and travels to the great city of London. As Poppy puts her trust on this prediction, she begins making decisions according to her “fate”. Decisions are made and Poppy’s life progress in ways she never expected. Was it all worth it?
The Predictions is a story you do not want to miss out on. Poppy will take you on a self-discovery journey of an unforgettable coming-of-age story. You will find yourself rooting for her as she makes her own path to happiness and making every moment count.