F.T.W. offers a gritty, raw look at what happens when America collapses under its own nonsense
By Deanna Destito
Reading a novel such as F.T.W. Rise of the Anarchy March in the current climate is jarring. With so much unrest and fear everywhere and living in a nation with the most visible dividing lines in recent history, the book is a warning that if we don’t pay attention, the future will be the bleak, dangerous landscape depicted in the narrative.
Written by Russ Lippitt, F.T.W. shows the aftermath of a collapsing country. Major cities are no longer recognizable, and the devastation in certain portions of the land is beyond horrifying. No food, no clothing, no safety. No way out. It’s the “new normal,” a phrase currently used to describe our real-life situation in a COVID-19, Trump USA. Hope lies in the Anarchy March, offering those ready to make changes a chance to take down oppressors and overturn the corruption and tyranny saturating the world.
It is easy to get behind the rebels seeking change, fighting their way through the worst areas and attempting to bring a game-changing weapon to those who might be strong enough to take down the current government. The officials are awful, and murder and torture are too easy for them. For the main trio of Jack, Doyle, and Darla, they are likable, human, and their connection, particularly Doyle and Darla, gives you hope. While the fight is laborious, gritty, and painful, it’s that human connection that pushes them forward.
F.T.W. is tough to read in some places. Not only because of the graphic violence and the disturbing imagery, but because of how this post-apocalyptic battleground might not be so far off if we keep on the path we’re on in our own world. If anything, read it as a cautionary tale of what can happen if we don’t make some massive changes.
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- FTW: Rise of the Anarchy March; 226 pages
- Written By: Russ Lippitt
- Trade paperback; $19.95
- ISBN 9781893660304; Dec. 1, 2020
- Ravenhawk™ Books