INTO THE FOREST BY JEAN HEGLAND
Setting- * Into the Forest is based in a world around this time. Electricity is non-existent, Civilization has vanished and the world is in a commotion. * Based on two sisters who live in a post-apocalyptic world. * This story takes place in California, near San Francisco in a town called Redwood and that isn 't exactly an isolated part of the world. * Eva and Nell stay at their house which is in a forest. They have to go to the town which is 30 miles from their home.
Literary Focus- Survival
Sometimes it is as hard to sleep in a forest as it is to eat in one * “I worry about when to plant and how to fertilize, and whether or not we’ll have enough water. I worry about low germination rates, and diseases and insects and accidents. But I haven’t wanted to be dead since the day I entered the garden” (Hegland 162). * Nell is having troubles in the garden and she is scared of entering it. She also has no experience in gardening and there is no one around to help her out. * She never knows when an insect will bite her or meet some awkward looking insect in the garden. This leads to problems such as growing plants which produce food for Eva and Nell. * “My arms still ache, and my hands are blistered and bruised from the hours I spent pounding acorns with the flat head of the wedge, but for my effort I earned a quart of meal a little rougher than course-ground meal” (Hegland 190). * Nell is doing work that men do and she is not used to doing heavy and a lot of work. She has to go through a lot to earn herself a meal. Nell, not only works to get herself a meal but also gathers food for her sister. * Nell has to work through brutal and harsh conditions to get food but not only is she brave, she is also courageous because who knows what can happen in the middle of nowhere to a girl. * “He told me about how the flu came, and the shock and anger and terror people felt when
Bibliography: Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake: a Novel. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2009. Print. Hegland, Jean. Into the Forest. New York: Bantam, 1998. Print.