Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Future Home of the Living God

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar...

Details Future Home of the Living God

TitleFuture Home of the Living God
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Future Home of the Living God

  • Angela M
    I woke up thinking about this book and even though I had finished reading it, I wasn't ready to leave it behind. I haven't been able to get it out of my head enough to engage in another book. This captivating story is beautifully written as we expect from Louise Erdrich. To those who hold dear Erdrich's stories filled with her love of her Native American heritage, I would urge you to not shy away from this book because you think she may have move...
  • Emily May
    “Accept life. You can be absolved of anything you did, you can completely win back God’s love, by contributing to the future of humanity. Your happy sentence is only nine months.” I agree with Tatiana and other GR reviewers. Future Home of the Living God has a fascinating premise, but it actually spends very little time exploring the devolution of humanity idea (essentially, evolution going backwards with all species becoming more primitive...
  • Will Byrnes
    In the beginning was the word -– John 1:1The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. The Word manifests itself in every creature.--Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) A car passes me bearing the bumper sticker Come the Rapture Can I Have Your Car. Oh, good, not everybody’s getting ready to ascend. I love driving. Thinking while I shoot along. If it is true that every particle that I can see and not see, and all that i...
  • Jen
    Erdrich is another one of my favourite authors. LaRose was exquisite. Now this read is of a dystopian flavour, and call me a heretic, but I'm not truly a believer...That is, until Erdrich spun a tail so rich she has converted or bewitched me. Either way, I'm a believer. Or so the song goes.Cedar, 4 months pregnant, locates her biological Ojibwa parents during a time of flux when the world is changing. Pregnant women are corralled into hospitals -...
  • Diane S ☔
    So, we have screwed up the world, no surprise there, but this time it has reached a cellular level. Evolution is taking a backwards step, chickens that now have the skins of lizards, a dragonfly with a three foot wing span, winter's that are no more and childbearing women are desperately needed. Pregnant women become prey to a new government intent on studying them and their fetuses. Not your typical world for an Erdrich novel, but a captivating ...
  • Linda
    "My body is accomplishing impossible things, and now there is something wrong, most terribly wrong........Only Louise Erdrich can take a cold, foreboding futuristic note and spin and weave it into a haunting musical score of soundless proportions. The down-the-road specs of light now settle in the here and now. Reality gone awry.Cedar Hawk Songmaker steps forward in the Native American style of Erdrich, but this offering by the talented one is la...
  • Elyse
    Cedar Hawk Songmaker grew up in a liberal home to hippie white parents, Glen and Sera, in Minneapolis. Exceptions were made for Cedar’s adoption — bypassing the Indian Child welfare Act. Cedar’s birth mother was Mary Potts, an Ojibwe mother. Glen and Sera didn’t practice any religion - but when a very pregnant Cedar was 26 years old she turned to Catholicism looking for answers and family connections. She also was wanted to meet Mary Pott...
  • Dianne
    This is a different book for Louise Erdrich and I don't think people for the most part are loving it, but I did! I really enjoy dystopian novels and couple that with Erdrich's writing and, well.....she had me spellbound by the end of the first page.The story is narrated by Cedar Hawk Songmaker in a journal format. She is 4 months pregnant and uses the journal as a device to speak to her unborn child. Cedar lives in Minnesota at a time of upheaval...
  • Lori
    Speculative fiction not unlike Darwin's Radio, but with more mythology. I wished the main character had devoted less energy to miring in quibbles over her parentage. I'm not sure why the author choose to narrate, but that's her business.
  • Phrynne
    I liked so much about this book. I love the way the author writes. I enjoy the theory behind a good dystopian novel. I really felt for Cedar, the main character, and desperately wanted things to go well for her and her baby. My problem was that the author just did not tell me enough!Even as the story progressed I wanted more. I never really understood who was trustworthy and who was not. And the ending answered none of my questions at all. So it ...
  • Leslie Ray
    This is a dystopian novel that begs comparisons to "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood in relation to the sudden ability of only a few women to become pregnant. This leads to the government taking control over these women in so far as to "abduct" them into controlled hospital environments where they are held through childbirth and in some cases, beyond. The book is written as a journal by Cedar, in first person, to her unborn child. Through ...
  • Chris
    Once more, Louise Erdrich dazzled me. The novel of a world quite literally devolving. . .evolving backwards. . .and with frightening speed was haunting and beautifully evoked. And Cedar, the young woman who may (or may not) be carrying one of the few remaining "original" human babies, is a courageous and inspiring creation. Pair this one with "The Handmaid's Tale" for a wrenching literary double-header.
  • Simon
    So the premise for Erdrich’s latest novel is really interesting. The world is ending as we know it with evolution seemingly reversing (though you only really see this once with a sabre toothed tiger that I loved) and healthy ‘normal’ babies becoming scarce. Fascinating right? Yet sadly this book feels a slog. The first 70 pages being spent on the aloof narrator, pregnant obviously, finding her biological parents rather than paying attention...
  • Bam
    In this dystopian novel, Cedar Hawk Songmaker is four months pregnant at the end of the world as we know it. Evolution has come to a screeching halt and is seemingly rapidly reversing. Society is falling apart; food is scarce; nobody knows exactly what is happening. The US government has been replaced by something called the Church of the New Constitution and they are actively rounding up all pregnant women to study them and their fetuses. We lea...
  • Caroline
    ***NO SPOILERS***I suppose Future Home of the Living God is Louise Erdrich’s attempt at a dystopian story, but I’m not sure how to categorize it. Supposedly, it’s about evolution moving backward, with the protagonist pregnant with a baby that could be normal or freakish. I was immediately excited by such an electrifying premise, so I was deeply disappointed to discover that it’s false advertising.Future Home of the Living God is a disjoin...
  • Donna
    Imagine a world somewhere in time in which evolution has reversed itself for some reason in a certain percentage of the human, animal, and creature population in certain places of the world and where the humans being born are somehow different than normal in certain ways. And imagine society trying to cope with this crisis and with government supporting certain drastic actions to enforce certain policies that go against what would be considered h...
  • Beverly
    This reminds me of The Handmaid's Tale a bit, because it is set in a dystopian world where pregnant women are on the front lines of a new world; they are hunted and jailed by the government. There are enough differences to make it well worth reading and I devoured it lickety split.Evolution is going backwards and no one knows what the new crop of babies will be like. Women, who were pregnant already, before the devolution are highly suspect. What...
  • Maxwell
    I really enjoyed the blend of speculative and literary fiction in this book! Also haven't read any Erdrich before, but I've been meaning too—and I will definitely pick up more from her. Definitely check this one out if the premise intrigues you.
  • Cheri
    4.5 Stars ”You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.Teach your children well, their father's hell did slowly go by,And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick's the one you'll know by.Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.” -- “Teach Your Children” – lyrics by Graham Nash Augus...
  • Tatiana
    The idea of devolution at the center of the novel is gripping, but this is essentially The Handmaid's Tale fanfic. I expected something much less derivative from an author of such a high acclaim.
  • Truman32
    I like to think of Louise Erdrich’s novels as the burrito bowls of literature. They are nourishing, accessible, somewhat ethnic, relatively healthy, and full of beans. Even on the rare days when they are not great they are still pretty damn delicious. Erdrich’s newest work, Future Home of the Living God, continues along this path. This bleak and dystopian tale takes place in the future—maybe near future, maybe far off. Like a greedy dog ref...
  • Taryn Pierson
    I shelled out cash for this book even though I could have waited on a library copy because I saw one too many white male reviewer say, “Do we really need another Handmaid’s Tale?” and that is the kind of crap I feel compelled to answer with my wallet.Because the answer to that supposedly rhetorical question is an emphatic YES. We do need more books like The Handmaid's Tale. Because news flash, whiny white guys, none of the stuff that Margar...
  • Cynthia
    I've never been a big fan of Erdrich though she's undeniably an excellent writer. With Future Home of the Living God I've become a fan. This is a grim book and what I've often found objectionable in Erdrich's writing is her over emphasized political views strangely even as I often agree with her stance I object to being hit on the head repeatedly with it. Future is a haunting story of a young woman caught in a grim future where women are reduced ...
  • Figgy
    LINK UPDATEDActual rating 1.5Erdrich seems to be one of those authors who has a knack for creating a really interesting premise and then ruining it by trying to be too “literary” and “artistic”. In one of her previous titles, La Rose, the lack of quotation marks did what this particular stylistic choice usually does, and made it difficult for readers to know who was speaking, and when.In The Future Home of the Living God, the story has th...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    "The first thing that happens at the end of the world is that we don't know what is happening."This is one of the best dystopian novels I've read in a while. One day, evolution stops. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar is a few months pregnant, putting her in constant danger. Pregnant women are wanted by the government, partly because they may be the last chance at human life as we know it, and partly because no one really knows how their babies will turn...
  • Eric Anderson
    Last year I read Louise Erdrich’s novel “LaRose”. It's the first book I’ve read by Erdrich. One of the things I found fascinating about it was the mixture of styles she uses and how one story line is quite fantastical/surreal where a pair of characters are continually chased by a decapitated head. So I was interested to find out how she would write about a future-set dystopian landscape in her new novel “Future Home of the Living God”...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    It really pains me to give a negative to Louise Erdrich, one of my favorite authors. But this, an exercise in dystopia, leaves me cold maybe because this premise of the end of the world as exemplified by the inability of women to produce viable babies has been done before. Most notably, The Handmaid's Tale. And also by P.D. James. I'm not sure if this is a metaphor for today's society, but this is definitely not her best work, and I'm hoping she ...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (2.5; DNF @ 32%) This starts out feeling like the simple story of Cedar meeting her biological Native American parents and coming to terms with her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. It takes a long time to start resembling the dystopian novel it’s supposed to be, and the signs that something is awry seem too little and come too late to produce even mild alarm. I’d try something else by Erdrich, but I didn’t find her take on this genre worthwhile.
  • Nancy
    In a world of governmental breakdown, wars, and natural disasters, winters without snow, the over expansion of American government, something--perhaps a virus-- has tampered with genomes to set off a cavalcade of reverse evolution. In this world lives one twenty-six year old pregnant woman, Cedar, writing to her unborn child. After an ultrasound, the doctor tells her to flee and go into hiding. Congress has revitalized articles of the Patriot Act...