Seoul Survivors (Habits of the House)
by Naomi Foyle
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Jo Fletcher Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781623650186
Date: 02 August 2016 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
An end is coming toward earth in the form of a giant meteor, Lucifer's Hammer. It is dense and difficult to track. Most people don't see it as a threat. Some people prepare for the end and the times after. There is a plan to save humanity in South Korea by a bioengineer, Dr. Kim Da Mi. But the plan harkens back to some of the worst impulses of the Twentieth Century.
Sydney Travers is a Canadian living in South Korea. She has escaped the streets to a new life full of possibilities. Working as a top model, she is given the opportunity to be an integral part of the plan for a new future for humanity. Sydney is naÔve even though she has suffered through her life. She tends to yield to people who come into her life.
Johnny Sandman had helped get Sydney into Korea and helped open doors for her. He expects to get a lot more from their relationship. He is so cruel and self-centered he doesn't see how others may perceive his actions. His background also makes him see a slight in every action.
Damian Meadows is looking for a new life and an escape from the past. The loss of his sister has haunted him for most of his life. He has wandered through life, but now has a new plan to find a place. He just needs to earn enough money to pay for the start to his new life.
The lives of these characters are intertwined. They cross paths and share both joy and pain as they try to come out ahead. The technology and opportunities granted by South Korea is the backdrop as are the obsessions with new tech, money, and perfection. The wants of others donít matter to the main movers in this tale.
The set up to this story is very good. I like the idea of a threat that most people just ignore. Foyle does a nice job of ratcheting up the stakes as the threat is finally recognized. I must own up to my lack of knowledge as it relates to Korean culture so I can't rate the reality of the action as it relates to the people. As the author has spent time living and working in Korea, I expect there are valid observations, but I fear stereotypes.
I can't say I have read anything quite like this. I enjoyed the action even while I despised some of the characters. That is the sign of a good story.