in the near-future,
Into the Forest focuses on the relationship between
two teenaged sisters as they struggle to survive the collapse
ways, Nell and Eva have experienced a near-idyllic childhood,
growing up miles from the nearest neighbor in the forests
of northern California. Their father, an iconoclastic grade
school principal, has decided to keep them out of school,
and their mother has encouraged each of them to follow her
As a result,
Eva is determined to become a ballet dancer, while her younger
sister, Nell has decided she wants to matriculate at Harvard.
Despite the fact that their happy world is rocked when their
mother dies of cancer, they and their father are determined
to carry on.
society begins to crumble, spurred by terrorism, a distant
war, unpredictable weather, and an unstable economy, the little
family hoards its resources and attempts to keep up its spirits
as they wait for the lights to come back on, the phone to
ring, and the lives they have been anticipating to return
to them. But when their father is killed in an accident, and
a dangerous stranger arrives at their door, the girls confront
the fact that they must find some new way to grow into adulthood.
the Forest has been called both poetic and a page-turner.
It is the kind of book that some readers read slowly in order
to savor every sentence, and that costs other readers a night’s
sleep, when they find that they cannot put it down.