In this brilliant novel, Vaughan imagines a futuristic world engulfed in chaos and devastation as climate change wreaks havoc on the planet. The world is ending: the cities and towns are destroyed, people have taken to living in packs, with hunting becoming the only way to get food. As much as she likes to, Kalli finds it hard to mingle with other people in her small village: instead of trying to learn about how to survive in the increasingly chaotic world, she finds herself seeking answers to every new or existing environmental phenomenon that occurs around the planet. When she comes of age, a family possession shows her the past, revealing how a single woman’s lust for power and wealth destroyed the planet. Kalli must use her knowledge to find answers to escape the slowly approaching ultimate catastrophe. Vaughan’s unsettling dystopian world is uncomfortably convincing with its climate change induced devastation and chaos: humanity’s struggle to stay alive in the face of increasingly shifting temperatures and scarcity of food and shelter is etched in reality. While Kalli and Jason start off at fairly good terms, their bond, forged in the face of disastrous circumstances, is both endearing and relatable. Meticulously crafted, fast-paced, and richly imaginative, the novel makes for a necessary read for both lovers of YA and adult dystopian fiction.
Categories: Science Fiction