In 2020 we thought the world was strangely similar to the first book in the Blue Helix saga, Sleepwater Beat, like we had seen this before? Well welcome to 2031 where everything old is old yet again but not. It is a confusing dystopian future, which we were left off in at the end of book one (see Talkcast 441) . Unfortunately, when book 2 , Sweetwater Static begins, the reader is not where they think they should be.They are left with the feeling they have been tossed around in time and space. Welcome back, my friends, to the twistedly wonderful, frightening future of Kathrin Hutson.
When book two begins, our protagonist Leo Tieffler is nowhere to be seen, what remains of the Sleepwater group has exchanged the mountains of the west for the heat and humidity of the southeast and Bernadette becomes our new storyteller. With honeyed words and nails to bite on she takes us through the past/current/future lives of our ragtag Sleepwater coven and the dangers they face while bringing a new member into this world. At the same time we learn more about her checkered past in the same three-beat style we have begun to appreciate and grown to love from Kathrin Hutson.
“So, if the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey,
Say mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy.”
Enjoy the chaos!