- Paperback: 1088 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (19 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780008139544
- ISBN-13: 978-0008139544
- ASIN: 0008139547
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.8 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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The story is the same, almost. Tiny little details are updated. But readers, please understand that THIS IS FICTION. We are not between 450 PPM and 500 PPM in the second decade of the 21st century. We're at 400 PPM. We won't reach 450 PPM until 2040. This fiction depicts what the world would be like if atmospheric carbon were at 450 PPM and continued to rise. Rest assured, we'll get there if we, as a human society, do nothing.
The conditions are dreadful, but the story is delightful. The characters make me smile. There are Charlie and Anna and their two children. I think our author is in love with Anna, at least at the opening of the book. Later on, he transfers some of his affection (and mine with it) to Diane. And there's Caroline, the enigma. We're incessantly worrying about Frank. The dude is a genius. He befriends nearly everyone in his sphere of influence. He needs taking care of, though, and as the story develops, his friends try. No spoilers here, though! Just read it and be delighted by it.
Humanity is nowhere near as delightful as our story's characters are. Humanity is desperate. Humanity takes desperate, sometimes crazy, measures to save the ecosphere. Some of the measures take hold. There's hope.
When you come back to reality, which isn't as dire as this fiction, what will you do? Will you buy a Prius, fly less, plant a garden, and become active in associations to change our carbon-producing ways?
The book could have really gone a strong direction with an examination of the crisis, high level political intrigue and how leaders have to work to over the crisis, and finally a tight examination of the impact of climate change across the world and impact on populations.
Instead I get to follow a bunch of mediocre characters who one has to question how they got into positions of supposed power and maintain themselves. Frank is a waste, and if I had to read another page of his homelessness, treehouses, and Frisbees I would gag (fortunately, on a kindle one can swipe pages quickly). Charlie is too attached to his child, he wouldn't last long in the position that he supposedly holds, and if he is to be a critical player in a crisis situation he needed to step up. Which brings up the point that the author seemingly has no understanding of how political systems work-- a college student having taken a sophomore-level class in US Government has a better understanding. Yes, he can name all the WDC locations, but he really has little understanding in the federal system and the interactions amongst organizations, agencies, leaders.... Topping that a ridiculous "super-spy, deep state, intelligence conspiracy" spins the story off in other ridiculous directions, and further demonstrates that the author has very little understanding of that aspect.
I will also note, that US government officials interacting and taking in material support (i.e., housing, meals) from foreign officials has to at minimum be reported, likely get one dismissed from their position, or in worse legal/criminal trouble.
This could have been a great book, instead it was amateurish. So, glad I didn't read the entire trilogy.
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