Future Home of the Living God

by Louise Erdrich

Quick take

Rather than merely capturing the horror of such circumstances, Erdrich also offers her characters and readers the comfort of radical love.

Why I love it

'œThe first thing that happens at the end of the world is that we don’t know what is happening.' Like any good dystopian thriller, Future Home of the Living God externalizes present-day anxieties with such imagination that you both forget about your fears and imagine the worst possible manifestation of them. That rare effect begins with the voice of 26-year-old Cedar Songmaker, our warm, chatty ...


Louise Erdrich, the author of bestselling novels including LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from ru...

Member thoughts

24% Love
51% Like
22% Dislike
  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "Some good books exist only within their pages, but I continued to think about this one long after I finished it. Rarely do realistic characters blend so seamlessly into a surreal environment. "

  • Holly B.

    Gearhart, OR

    "This is brilliant and filled with unknowns. A beautifully done dystopian novel, hard to put down. "

  • Kerri K.

    Murfreesboro, TN

    "I was hesitant at the beginning but as the story went on, it grabbed me and pulled me in. Erdrich did an amazing job making the world seem as if it was falling apart"

  • Rachel F.

    Wake Forest, NC

    "One of the best novels I read in 2017. Erdrich pulled me in from the start to finish. "

  • Vanessa G.

    Warrensburg, MO

    "I felt it was a much more thrilling read than The Handmaiden's Tale. "

  • Brittany A.

    Asheville, NC

    "Though it started slowly, this book eventually accelerated to become one of the most impactful BOTM selections! Heart-wrenching, it will leave you in tears and with a fresh perspective. "

  • Sarah P.

    San Leandro, CA

    "Much more than a re-write of The Handmaid's Tale. I loved the honesty of Cedar Songmaker's narrative. A very skillful mix of dystopian elements with Ojibwe family history. "

  • Kristy E.

    Chico, CA

    "A powerful novel that never took the expected turn. I spent a lot of time wanting to shake Cedar for her unwillingness to be cautious, but her journey felt completely honest from start to finish. "

  • Sarah K.

    Medford, MA

    "My first Erdrich novel (I've read some of her short stories) was shocking and un-put-down-able (is that a word?)!"

  • Stacey S.

    Lincoln, NE

    "I love Louise Erdich and it was great to see her take on a dystopian future. The book kept my interest the whole time. I wish it had gone on a little longer."

  • Sarah M.

    Palmyra, PA

    "This book is a thought-provoking look at the apocalypse with a new twist. Imagine being pregnant as the world falls apart. And then being hunted at the same time. Highly recommend!"