The Predictions review ï eBook or Kindle ePUB


  • Paperback
  • 400
  • The Predictions
  • Bianca Zander
  • English
  • 12 September 2019
  • 9780062108180

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 their relationship which could very accurately be described as star crossed is tested not only by a move halfway across the world poverty and later incipient stardom but by 'the predictions' of the title visions of their future laid out by an eccentric and charismatic prophet the enigmatic seductive Shakti If The Predictions was going to be broadly categorised as a genre I suppose I'd have to reluctantly say it's a romantic novel; and in some ways consistent with stereotypes about that genre it stretches the limits of credulity view spoilerLukas remaining completely faithful to Poppy throughout all his years as an actual rock star is the stuff of fairytales especially since they are halfway to being broken up for at least two long ish periods of time within those years hide spoiler


  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 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


  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 stranger comes to town or precisely Gaialands in the guise of a Californian hippy Shakti is a brilliant character A fortune telling free loving trickster spirit she destabilises the spartan ideology of the commune She holds a predictions ritual for the 7 teenagers and it's this prediction that propels the story forward will Poppy our heroine fulfil or defy her prophesy? Is it destiny or a load of shit? I revelled in Poppy's journey from the rickety commune cabins where they ate dense brown bread and home grown vegetables to the music festival Nambassa where the attendees stripped naked and danced in body paint Poppy and Lucas leave the commune a bad social experiment in Lucas' mind for Auckland and then London Lucas wants to make it in the music world and rather than emulating obvious 80s phenomenons like The Smiths or Joy Division Zander chooses to explore the world of hair metal Tight lycra pants big blond perms loads of drugs this part of the novel is a trip Zander is very skilled at infusing ordinary human experience with a glam rock sensibility And the settings are spectacular We move from the wild green of New Zealand to London suats mansions European metal band venues back to the commune and to Wimmin Only Grey Lynn villas of the late 80s All are vividly drawn with a cinematic uality about them I kept thinking that this book would make a good filmThere is a lot on the surface to make this a page turny kind of novel and below Zander grapples with some big ideas How much our life is determined by other people's vision of it? What constitutes good parenting? Can children be brought up by a village or is there something essential about the mother child bond? What if this bond shuts out other people in the child's life? Having known people who grew up on communes I was intrigued to see how the characters might embrace or shun their upbringing This is an excellent follow up to The Girl Below filled with thrilling plot turns Zander has stepped back on the magi realism but plays on our own willingness to believe in the occult I can't wait to read what she comes up with next


  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 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


  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 than 4 stars to a book that held my interest and kept me reading enough to finish it in within a few days But the entire time it struck me as not very well written; there was an immaturity to the narrative that was not due to the character's age and events occurred so uickly it was almost farcical at times Yet the same frustrating writing style definitely kept me turning pagesBriskly the story moves from primitive family life on the commune to the sualor of slum living in Auckland while the main character supports her musician boyfriend followed by an ascent through London metal rock success then a heavy hearted return to the commune All these locales are vivid and distinct If I was a teenager I think I would probably love this book As it is I found it an unrealistic but very entertaining ride


  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 of kids raised thereI liked reading the scenes of them in the commune because they all seemed so close but underneath it all there's a lot of damage To the parents and the children Some of the adults didn't really want to live the way they did but didn't voice it or stick up for themselves and each of the kids had a different take on it depending on their mindsetOne of the interesting elements was the social experiment that the adults did on the children not telling them who their mothers and fathers were until well after puberty when they had to to avoid incestuous relationships from occuringShakti is probably the most damaged character of all She hides under the guise of enlightenment even wisdom but she's the most broken She likes to make the others think she's in control but she has some issues around children because she can't have any of her own The scene with Poppy's baby just feels entirely out of place and I still can't figure out why she had Poppy's hair unless she was performing some bad rituals with it or something The ceremony for The Predictions is a little on the creepy side and semi cliche with the whole commune concept A neccessary scene to tie the book together but still unsettlingPoppy as a character is uniue She doesn't feel as constrained by the commune as the others do and likes to follow most of its rules And when she is free of the commune she's a bit lost than the others seem to be at least emotionallyThis is a uick read and engaging but I didn't really feel much for the characters which is why I only gave this a 3


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Bianca Zander Ï 3 summary

The Predictions

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 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 stranger comes to town or precisely Gaialands in the guise of a Californian hippy Shakti is a brilliant character A fortune telling free loving trickster spirit she destabilises the spartan ideology of the commune She holds a predictions ritual for the 7 teenagers and it's this prediction that propels the story forward will Poppy our heroine fulfil or defy her prophesy? Is it destiny or a load of shit? I revelled in Poppy's journey from the rickety commune cabins where they ate dense brown bread and home grown vegetables to the music festival Nambassa where the attendees stripped naked and danced in body paint Poppy and Lucas leave the commune a bad social experiment in Lucas' mind for Auckland and then London Lucas wants to make it in the music world and rather than emulating obvious 80s phenomenons like The Smiths or Joy Division Zander chooses to explore the world of hair metal Tight lycra pants big blond perms loads of drugs this part of the novel is a trip Zander is very skilled at infusing ordinary human experience with a glam rock sensibility And the settings are spectacular We move from the wild green of New Zealand to London suats mansions European metal band venues back to the commune and to Wimmin Only Grey Lynn villas of the late 80s All are vividly drawn with a cinematic uality about them I kept thinking that this book would make a good filmThere is a lot on the surface to make this a page turny kind of novel and below Zander grapples with some big ideas How much our life is determined by other people's vision of it? What constitutes good parenting? Can children be brought up by a village or is there something essential about the mother child bond? What if this bond shuts out other people in the child's life? Having known people who grew up on communes I was intrigued to see how the characters might embrace or shun their upbringing This is an excellent follow up to The Girl Below filled with thrilling plot turns Zander has stepped back on the magi realism but plays on our own willingness to believe in the occult I can't wait to read what she comes up with next

review É eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Bianca Zander

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 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 than 4 stars to a book that held my interest and kept me reading enough to finish it in within a few days But the entire time it struck me as not very well written; there was an immaturity to the narrative that was not due to the character's age and events occurred so uickly it was almost farcical at times Yet the same frustrating writing style definitely kept me turning pagesBriskly the story moves from primitive family life on the commune to the sualor of slum living in Auckland while the main character supports her musician boyfriend followed by an ascent through London metal rock success then a heavy hearted return to the commune All these locales are vivid and distinct If I was a teenager I think I would probably love this book As it is I found it an unrealistic but very entertaining ride

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


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 she wrote the dramatic short film The Handover which scre.