The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni, is ultimately about a teenager who is being groomed to be the late R. Buckminster Fuller’s heir by his grandmother, who claims to have been “Bucky’s” mistress. After being kept in isolation all his life, he meets another young man who convinces/bullies him into starting a punk rock duet.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
The cover design got me initially, but once I read the dust jacket I knew I had to keep reading. Bognanni creates characters who are zany and believable all at once (we all know people who are as crazy as his characters). These characters really draw you in.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I finished House of Tomorrow, and it stands on my bookshelf today. I’ve even read it more than once. The main character, Sebastian, is identifiable for anyone who was once a socially awkward teenager and his supporting characters each act as a foil to one of his quirks, forcing him to overcome every one of his hang ups by the novel’s end. It’s one of my favorite type of stories.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
It’s difficult for me to think of constructive criticism for this one, though I will say that there is little to no closure by the end. This is obviously a stylistic choice as the rest of the book mirrors real life so well and when does real life give you closure?
I personally didn’t mind the ending, but I can see how some people might.
This is a great book, one of my favorites, and good for anybody looking to read a literary-type teen story free from vampires or insurrections.