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This was my first read from the climate fiction genre and although I am conscious of climate changes and support the need to protect our environment, I am not a climate activist. I learned a lot about the environment and how it all connects. I also really liked the characters and how they are shown to the reader. The subplot (or competing plot depending on how it is experienced) of the immigration challenges and the mystery of how accountability for Juan's death would unravel is a bit much but not too tiring. Actually, it helped to move the novel forward and kept my interest. Dalton's strength though is in the writing about nature and climate science. She exquisitely paints scenes with such vivid detail that you are standing right there. She also obviously knows the science behind the climate crisis and guides the reader through the character Cadie to why it should matter to you as well.
A wonderful debut novel. The writer combines an engrossing story with deep personality insights and a beautiful way with words and imagery. The writing flows smoothly as the story unfolds. I loved the beautiful metaphors as much as the human story.