I recently read The Fitzy Resolution by A.D. DeSena
I was not sure what to expect, for the back cover lays out a plot containing conspiracies in the world of canine politics. Stories centred around animals participating in human endeavours do not always hit the right note for me because the animals end up behaving like people instead of animals. Sometimes this choice can leave a story feeling childish or awkward.
The Fitzy Resolution generally managed to avoid this pitfall because the canine politics were what drove the story forward. It was interesting to immerse myself in the idea of what a domestic-animal-government would be like. DeSena suggested a system concerned with separating and protecting themselves from wild dogs, furthering the population of their kind and relationships with humans, cats and other animals. There also seemed to be a strong divide between different dog breeds; bull dogs for example were police dogs, while smaller breeds often played the role of messenger.
I expected this book to be a little silly but I could not have been farther from the mark. This book is an intellectual and heartfelt look into issues that animals face. The characters are well developed and complex in their thought and motivation.
I really do not have a strong interest in politics and so found myself struggling to connect with the conspiring and conniving world, which despite being inhabited by dogs, felt rather human in its flavours and ambitions. It is clear however, that DeSena wrote the book with a strong concern for animals. The political platform was, in my opinion, his way of bringing attention to the fact that animals cannot in fact speak to these kinds of issues for themselves.
So while I was not overjoyed by the self-concerned world of politics, I really connected with the main focus of the book. If you enjoy political thrillers or are interested in a thought provoking examination of animal issues, then give The Fitzy Resolution a read.