The Belongers

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Louanne's popular cousin invites her to ring in the new year/decade/century 2100. But her first-ever New Year's party is a disappointment, and Louanne is fed up. She's tried so hard all her life to make friends, and nothing works. What is she lacking? Charm? Self-confidence? The answer turns out to be much simpler, as she uncovers a conspiracy from a tumultuous period of history: the Green Wars. More

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About Vivian Unger

Vivian Unger lived most of her life in Montreal, Quebec, where she graduated from McGill with a B.A. in Classics and Computer Science. In 2006, she moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she currently resides with her husband. She reads widely in both fiction and non-fiction but her favourite genre is speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy).

Her first stab at self-publishing was back in the 90's with Louis Rastelli's Distroboto (a repurposed cigarette machine) in Montreal. She sold a novella in a format small enough to fit in a cigarette pack.

Since that time, her fiction has appeared in the online magazines In My Bed and Inscribed, the anthologies Twisted Tails V: Apocalypses Now and Then and re:myth: Stories and Poems by the Blacktop MotorCycle Gang, and in the print magazine The Rejected Quarterly.

Aside from literary pursuits, Vivian enjoys gardening, cooking, wild plant identification and occasional spurts of knitting.

Please send feedback (praise, blame, etc.) to Vivian Unger (all one word) at yahoo dot com.

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Review by: Laurence Timms on Aug. 30, 2013 :
This isn't science fiction, it's a story about a voyage of personal discovery set in the near future, and it's all the better for it. Written from the perspective of the protagonist, Louanne, The Belongers examines the tensions and confusions of personal relationships that we all experience from time to time. If you've ever wondered why other people always seem to have more interesting friends, better jobs, more fulfilling relationships, The Belongers creates a world where there's a reason for it. A reason you can put your finger on, literally.

Don't come here looking for wow bang technology freakiness, that's not really what this is about. In fact, the post global energy crisis setting of The Belongers has rolled back technology to almost current-day standards. But do you know what? This tale would work in almost any setting, from ancient history to fantasy to hard SF, because where-ever there are people there are relationships, and where-ever there are relationships, stuff gets weird and angsty and confused, and that's fertile ground for stories like this.

The Belongers is personal crisis meets gentle mystery thriller with a heavy dose of introspection. Well worth a read. Enjoy!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Review by: Alan Philips on July 24, 2013 :
I just finished reading The Belongers and thoroughly enjoyed it. I started with the sample, got hooked and then immediately bought the book so I can continue reading. In fact, I had been in middle of reading another book but out of curiosity I started reading the sample and put aside my other reading until finishing The Belongers.
The premise is very unusual and very intriguing. Unger has certainly taken the topic of relationships between people to a whole new level!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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