“When our kids sometime in the future asks how it was to be a young adult in 2015, Wing Loading will be one of the books we will recommend them to read.”
30-year old Andreas is, on the face of things, a representative for the young and successful of Oslo in the year 2014. He belongs to a generation that has been told they can do, and be whatever they want. Andreas has acquired everything he hoped for ― he has his own flat, works in a reputable PR agency and lives with Hanna. Still, something is wrong. He is not as happy as he should be.
When Andreas suffers an accident and is more or less randomly apprehended by the psychiatric health care services, he is quickly diagnosed with a mild psychological disorder. Put on sick leave, he embraces the new lifestyle as an opportunity. Simultaneously, all of his interpersonal relationships are put to the test as he sets out to find “the answers”.
Wing Loading is about the entitlement generation ― Norway’s “Me generation” ― and Flatland’s depiction of the expectations of happiness and demands for self-realization of the current age is right on the money. And so it is the narrator Andreas, who in his mental distress a disturbingly believable voice of this generation.