Ian’s recent promotion has allowed him to move himself and his son to WhisperWood, a gated community that is nearly raising his son while he travels for work. Life is on auto-pilot, which is a comfortable place following the death of his wife from cancer.
Ian works for an analytics firm assessing big data to predict major life events, like divorce, and market to those about to enter those new phases of life. He’s a key pitch person to customers, but he communicates with his boss through a screen in his palm. Music is piped into his neighborhood based on his past choices. Life is tidy.
Until the woman seated next to him on the plane touches his sleeve and strikes up a conversation. Persists in conversation. When she asks him to tell her about his work, he hears what he does through her ears and everything changes. When she leaves behind a locket, he is not satisfied with depositing it at lost and found, but instead takes it home, resolved to find her and return the locket with the picture of a little girl inside.
Once home he finds that his son, who has fended for himself while Ian’s been away at work, is happy fending for himself now that Ian is home. A trip to the walled back yard reveals a chink in the masonry that provides a peep through to the woods on the other side and a man, for whom Ian feels empathy and to whom he throws a bagel. When his boss wants him to fly off again on business and miss the small time he had planned at home with his son, Ian goes off the grid, fails to recharge his palm, and goes in search of the owner of the locket.
Parable of Weeds takes the reader on a dystopic journey to a world that draws us in by holding up a mirror to our own foibles and then leads us down the chilling path on which we are treading. Society has decided to separate the wheat and the weeds, but lost the message that guides the sorting. At only seven chapters, Parable of Weeds is a quick read that I did not want to put down and at only $1.99, is a great read for an unbelievable price.