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The Predictions

Ck band first in Auckland and then on to London where punk has given way to 80s pop and hair metal Struggling simply to survive as they navigate the city's suats pubs and burgeoning clubs she and Lukas drift apart Poppy finds a life that looks very like the one her prediction promised but is it the one she truly wants And if not can she define her own happiness even if it takes her in unanticipated directions The Predictions is a mesmerizing magical novel of fate love mistakes and finding your place. A good fun read with a killer line about hippies right at the end

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E reality is complicated and sometimes fraught especially as its children reach adolescence Poppy is drawn to handsome sixteen year old Lukas who's increasingly skeptical of Gaialands and the adults who shape its rulesTo help 'heal' the commune's energy new arrival Shakti harnesses her divination powers in a Predictions ceremony All of Gaialands' teenagers receive a card outlining their futures Poppy predicted to find her true love overseas joins Lukas when he follows his dream of starting a punk ro. It s 1978 and teens Poppy and Lukas have grown up at Gaialands a commune in New Zealand This is not a smoke pot and groove commune this vegan community grows its own food lives without electricity lives in leaky mouse ridden shelters shares everything and works hard all day every day Even the kids have been brought up communally having their own group shelter rather than living with adults they didn t even know who their parents were until recently when circumstances forced the adult s hand Lukas can t wait to come of age and escape to the larger world He wants to form a punk rock band Poppy just wants to be with Lukas who she loves But when a new person enters the commune she begins to doubt that love Shakti arrives fancy Gypsy caravan and all She s a New Age chick ankle bells Indian clothing Tarot cards consciousness raising and beautiful and too good to do any actual work on the commune Manipulating others into doing things for her is as natural as breathing As a coming of age ritual for the kids she creates predictions for them Poppy s states that she ll find love in a land far away This is almost heartbreaking given her feelings for Lukas but when he leaves the commune she goes with him It s the only way she ll find her true love Things don t go as planned and life out in the world turns out to be harder than they thought They eventually end up in London where hair metal and drugs are the current hot things It s a rather harsh coming of age story but I think pretty realistic for the time and subculture Poppy and Lukas both take their time growing up I liked Poppy but found her frustrating and kept finding myself wondering what the heck she was thinking when she did things Lukas has no real depth to him sadly There is a side plot of a mystery that seems like it should have upset people than it did The story reads like the author hurried herself and she didn t have time to develop characters and refine the plot properly A good editor would have helped her immensely I can only say I liked the book I definitely can t say I loved it

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From the author of the acclaimed The Girl Below comes a stunning novel of one woman's attempt to outrun the destiny that is predicted for her moving from a remote New Zealand commune in the waning days of 1970s free love experimentation to the heady music scene of 1980s LondonGaialands a bucolic vegan commune in the New Zealand wilderness is the only home fifteen year old Poppy has ever known It's the epitome of 1970s counterculture a place of free love hard work and high idealsat least in theory Th. Poppy is one of 7 children raised on a vegan commune off the grid in a valley of New Zealand It s a wilderness encampment of hard work survival When while cleaning a pig pen a gypsy style wagon and its towing car crash into their toils life s course is set to change Shakti is unlike anything they have seen tho already auatinted with their leader HunterHailing from Berkeley but deeply rooted in commune life Shakti brings excitement to Poppy s doldrum life When Poppy finds a tarot card of the lovers on Shakti s caravan porch a confused read is givenSoon Shakti is hosting self care and ala Annie Sprinkle public cervix announcements via show tell in seuestered women meetings Then the night of the predictions comes and life changes More so for Poppy Lukas than the restLeaving the commune they wind up slumming in London Lukas in search of a profession of musician Poppy for her predicted king of love A 3 year separation brings changes that uickly fall to the wayside when they happen upon each other again secure and on to better things But the draw is persistent and undeniedLukas winds up in a very successful band Poppy winds up pregnant They wed but see little of each other while he tours And it is on one of these tours that Poppy realizes the inevitable life they lead and leaves to go back home just after she arrived to join himBack at the commune secrets are found shared and extracted Revelations are made and acted upon and I got the ending I hoped for with entrenched emotions for the main characters A well written character driven read that should please most every reader I ve even learned a few new phrases so double delight

About the Author: Bianca Zander

Bianca Zander was born in Britain but has lived for the last two decades in New Zealand She is an established journalist who has written for national magazines and newspapers including the The New Zealand Listener Sunday Star Times and Dominion Post In addition she has produced radio shows and written for film and television In 2009 she wrote the dramatic short film The Handover which scre

10 thoughts on “The Predictions

  1. says:

    In Zander's second novel following her flawed but extremely likeable debut The Girl Below Poppy and Lukas are teenagers raised on a commune Gaialands in New Zealand The story follows them from 1978 to 1989 as thei

  2. says:

    Poppy is one of 7 children raised on a vegan commune off the grid in a valley of New Zealand It’s a wilderness e

  3. says:

    I loved 'The Girl Below' and 'The Predictions' is another singular coming of age story by the talented Bianca Zander It starts in a 1970s Coromandel commune with a gloriously mucky pig shit shovelling opening scene A stran

  4. says:

    It’s 1978 and teens Poppy and Lukas have grown up at Gaialands a commune in New Zealand This is not a smoke pot

  5. says:

    An adult novel written with the fast pace of a YA this is the coming of age story of a teen raised in a New Zealand commune in the 1970s and her efforts at a new and different life in 1980s LondonI can't give less

  6. says:

    Wonderful writing with a great sense of place and time A good book for me not a great one

  7. says:

    A great journey through the culture of the times If she weren't so young I'd have believed that the author lived these times

  8. says:

    A good fun read with a killer line about hippies right at the end

  9. says:

    This was ok not amazing but an easy read

  10. says:

    This was a very interesting book It's about life in a commune in the 1970's and early 80's and the impact it has on a group

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