Having read and loved Above the Ether by this author I was looking forward to this and I was delighted to find that it was just as good. There is a haunting dreamlike quality to it - partly because of the main character who lives alone in the nearly deserted city and who rarely speaks and sometimes isn't sure if he actually has spoken. He photographs the damaged abandoned building and writes about them for the newspaper - run by himself and two other people. This is not exactly an apocalypse novel, more an observational one on the conditions that could go either way - the city here is threatened by the slow decline of the levees that keep the sea from flooding it and is divided by vast roadways set deep into concrete canyons between North and South. The Northern side has been abandoned gradually as levees collapse and industry moved south and only a few hundred people remain, living quietly in the North. Neither the country, the city or any of the individuals are ever named - it could be anywhere, they could be anyone.
The characters in this novel do not rush about pushing a plot or making points yet somehow there is a plot and points are made, about climate, coercion, choices, kindness and why we live where we do. It's very beautifully written. I highly recommend it.
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Not my usual genre but it's well written and a very good readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 August 2019
I selected this book as my cli-fi choice for the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019. Not my usual read as I don't like dystopian fiction, but it was only 244 pages so should be a quick read, and it was under £2. But I enjoyed the book very much, the writing is very good and the way the chapters are set out suits the fractured life and times. My only comment is the price on here today (5th August 2019) is £17.09. That's a ridiculous amount to expect anyone to pay for a digital download.
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L. A. Maas
Doomy & gloomy but with hopeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2020
I thought this was going to be a desolate, gloomy and depressing book, which in the most part it was. But thrown in there is a good shovelful of hope and a faith in human nature. Love it. love it, love it.
C. M. Pyper
An absorbing readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2020
I devoured this book in a few sittings and I want to read more about the resurrection of North End. Is there a sequel planned?
Engrossing, but very strangeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2020
Hard to feel sympathy for the hero of this tale, but difficult to stop reading about him, and his life in a strange city.