No Spoiler review
Release date January 14, 2020
I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but have you seen this cover? It’s gorgeous. Can I get a print for my house? Of course, I did not choose this book based solely on the cover. The summary of the impending environmental catastrophe and the fact that this book is Norwegian were both intriguing. I was excited to read something with a European perspective.
This book is divided into two narratives. There is the older Norwegian environmentalist looking back on her life and the young French father trying to survive in a world without water. One tells us what we have to do, the other tells us what will happen if we don’t. Both will make you feel incredibly guilty for living in modern society.
This author is gifted at writing the beauty of the Fjords, the loneliness of the ocean and the desperation of the drought. The shaming of greed and environmental recklessness is necessary and done well. However, I had a hard time connecting to this story and the characters. I suspect that the author made me feel so guilty, that I subconsciously became guarded against this story.
This book will appeal to adult readers who enjoy speculative, environmental, apocalyptic and survival fiction. Anyone who is interested in climate change and environmentalism will also find this book to be intriguing and relevant.
For a list of small changes, you can make to help the environment, click here.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers of this book for allowing me advance access in exchange for this honest review.
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