Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dogs in Politics

The Fitzy Resolution by A.D. DeSena, William Bergin (Illustrator)

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Summary: A fictional book about the sociopolitical world of dogs following one senator's mission to investigate mysterious disappearances of dogs in her government. Through her investigation, she discovers certain truths to be false, and she is in constant conflict to keep government control away from the more ruthless factions of her government.

Review: A story of politics, intrigue, secret alliances, danger from foreign enemies, and political divides – with dogs!

I am really impressed by A. D. DeSena and all the detail that the author put into this book. It really is incredible. DeSena takes the world of dogs as we know it and turns it on its head. I have read books before that are from the point of the animal and sometimes that animal is a part of an animal society (Redwall is an example of this and an enjoyable series too), but nothing this detailed, nothing this complex. It packs so much information in 178 pages.

The Central Canine Government functions just like a government in the book. There are political parties, infighting, alliances, and posturing. While I love the complexity of this book, it does suffer from too much detail. I liked the story the best when it focusing on Casey and the mysteries of the fanamas, the disappearing dogs, the Wilds, and the rats. I like seeing how everything unfolds and how Casey eventually learns the truth. It seems like an ill situation has been worked out and turned for the better. Only time will tell.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those enjoy books told from animals' points of view, especially dogs.

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