Juniper Time is about linguistics, drought, Native Americans, aliens, and a collapsing society with barrio “New Towns” that are as chilling as anything I’ve read. There is a nod to East Lansing, because of Kate Wilhelm’s involvement with Clarion. I really liked the pacing in this book, except for the last two chapters, which were very rushed. I thought at times this book took itself a little too seriously, even with the dystopic themes at hand. Everyone’s life has a light moment here and there.
I think pacing is going to be a real challenge in my next book, trusting my story and characters and not rushing them too much. This book showed both great and poor pacing, and speed definitely detracts. But if you’re too slow, the book bogs down. It’s a quandary.
Kate Wilhem is a such a powerful writer. Visit her here.