Landscape with Invisible Hand
By MT Anderson
Genre: Science fiction/Contemporary
Publication Date: 9/12/17
One day aliens inhabited, not invaded, earth promising a better life but it was actually only for the 1%. The rest of the world is poor and starving and trying to find a way to get up to the sky to live like the wealthy. Adam and his family is unfortunately the 99% and their life is abysmal.
Adam is an artist and paints everything he sees and I wondered how he could afford all his supplies when his ever optimist mother is unemployed. I know his teacher buys supplies for his class but does Adam take supplies home? Paint and especially canvas is expensive; I guess we aren’t supposed to ask questions. Back to the review…
Adam and his girlfriend get a great idea to make money- a reality show about their love. They film episodes of their dates and since the aliens, the vuvv, “invaded” during a 50’s themed drive-in movie, the vuvv love everything 50’s nostalgia and Adam and his girlfriend have to use words like groovy. Of course at some point they begin to hate each other and it becomes a problem much like Adam’s entire life. He has a disease that gives him no control of his bowels, his father is a dick, and his girlfriend and her family are dicks too. So when Adam has an opportunity to win an art contest that could get his family up to the 1%, you just know that that is NEVER going to happen-DAMN YOU MT; CAN”T THIS LOVELY FAMILY HAVE ANY GOOD LUCK? I was so angry and frustrated at this wonderful family’s bad luck that I began to hate this book but I knew there was a deeper message so I trucked along.
There is an ending and that’s all I’ll say but I liked it and the message and it stayed true to the story and the family.
This was a short albeit heartbreaking story about a little family who tries to stay positive in their shitty lives. Adam had a great attitude and took no crap from anyone and his mother’s half glass full perspective really helped me get through this depressing book.