“Futureland” by Walter Mosley
Publication Date: November 2002
Number of pages: 400 pages
“Futureland” is actually 9 stories set within the same universe. The setting is an interesting one – a future where there is a huge gap between the rich and the poor and a lot of focus on race with Blacks being in charge of things and Whites being poor. It was interesting to see where things went in the story since each story took place a little farther into the future – sometimes bringing back characters from past stories.
One problem I did have with the book is that the individual stories were really snippets rather than complete stories. Ideas were developed and then dropped without resolving anything. I think it might have been a stronger book if the story had focused on one set of characters and moved through the time period that way – telling a compete story rather than just glimpses of what was happening. On the other hand those glimpses did provide quite a bit of information about the overall universe on their own – so maybe it does work well enough.
I haven’t decided yet if I will try another of the author’s books. While the overall story was interesting there were some elements of the individual stories that I wasn’t thrilled with. A few of them had graphic sex scenes (not to mention that apparently everyone is nude in prisons) that I didn’t feel added anything to the book and some of the language was troublesome – there was a “whites are evil, blacks are good!” tone.