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Review of ‘Fallen Land’

In the final year of the Civil War, 15-year-old horse thief Callum meets a girl who changes his life forever. Both he and the girl, Ava, are orphans—Callum is from Ireland and hasn’t seen his family in years, and Ava’s father and brother were casualties of war. After Callum’s band of marauders finds Ava in…

Review of ‘Fallen Land’

Patrick Flanery’s ambitious second novel, Fallen Land, falls somewhere between a dystopian thriller and a social critique. Driven mad by failed ambition, a property developer builds a bunker beneath his former home and begins to terrorize the home’s new owners. Drawing connections between the housing crisis, the growth of the incarceration industry and the history…

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