Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Kildare Climate Fiction Series

Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi) Friday: Recommended Reads

Welcome to week 4 of Cli- Fi Friday Cli-Fi, we hope you enjoyed last weeks recommendations. This week we thought you might enjoy some more fiction titles.

Looking to dive in? Eight more weeks of Cli- Fi Friday remaining where we will post some new recommendations for you to sink your teeth into. Here are our week 4 suggestions for you.

Title : New York 2140

Author : Kim Stanley Robinson 

Synopsis: A sci-fi novel set in the titular year after more than fifty feet of sea-level rise. Half of New York City is submerged in water, but life there is much the same—it is still the capitalistic, financial epicenter of the world, and many people are suffering. But once the novel’s protagonists realize that other social structures are possible -structures rooted in eco-socialism and economic equality—they start to organize for real change. Robinson’s novel is at base a hopeful story. Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the doyens of cli-fi. This sprawling, sloppy, exuberant novel draws hackers, traders, corrupt politicians, and treasure-hunting urchins into a compelling tale of climate change and the collapse of capitalism. It’s all set in a flooded Manhattan, where vaporettos and water taxis whizz between skyscrapers linked by skybridges, and skimmers surf the rising tide along Sixth Avenue.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here.

Title : Gun Island

Author : Amitav Ghosh

Synopsis: It follows its lead character Deen from India to Venice and then to Los Angeles, while drawing parallels between Bengali mythology and the strange sights of today’s climate-changed world, sights such as red-and-black wildfires raging toward an art museum, or dozens of dolphins spontaneously beaching themselves.

Deploys myth and mysticism, and the historic movement of languages, animals and people around the globe. The novel climaxes in a mass migration of whales and dolphins, an implausible freak event that is also an observable physical phenomenon. At its heart is a reclamation of the “uncanny”, defined by Freud as an effect produced by effacing the distinction between imagination and reality.Through the prism of an antique dealer’s obsession with an ancient Indian myth, Ghosh tackles big themes: climate change, migration, colonialism, and mortality. Spanning Bengal’s cyclone-prone Sundarban islands, sinking Venice, and burning California, it’s a shaggy dog tale dense with literary references but with an old-fashioned love story at its heart.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here .

Title : Oryx and Crake (Book 1)

Author : Margaret Atwood

Synopsis: Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved.  In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey – with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake – through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. 

Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get it now on your BorrowBox.

Title : MaddAddam (Book 3)

Author : Margaret Atwood

Synopsis:

The conclusion to the groundbreaking MaddAddam trilogy.

A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack.

‘The final entry in Atwood’s brilliant MaddAddam trilogy roils with spectacular and furious satire … Her vision is as affirming as it is cautionary, and the conclusion of this remarkable trilogy leaves us not with a sense of despair at mankind’s failings but with a sense of awe at humanity’s barely explored potential to evolve.’

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get it now on your BorrowBox.

Title : War Girls

Author : Tochi Onyebuchi

Synopsis: Two sisters separated by civil war face overwhelming odds as they attempt to reunite in a country barely surviving a global climate apocalypse. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life. This captivating story combines an epic adventure with the history of Nigeria and an exploration of what it means to be human.

If you’d like to read this book you can get it now on your BorrowBox as an ebook or audiobook.

Join us next week for another list of recommended Cli-Fi reads.

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