This was a languid, wordy book that took me quite a while to get into. For the first third of it, I wasn't sure that it was the book for me, it was full of prose (bordering on the purple, in some cases) and I was wondering what it was all about.
And then, it hit its stride and I was glad that I persevered.
Yes, this book is about the effects of global warming on Australia (and as an Australian who has lived in many different parts of it, I could visualise the settings quite well), but that was just a tiny part of it. It was about Finch and April's relationships; with each other, with their family and also April's first husband. It was quite poignant in parts and I found myself getting emotionally involved.
If you want a straight, end-of-the-world kind of book, this isn't it. It is sobering to realise that the author's vision of Australia in the nearish future could well end up being true, unfortunately. It will be interesting to see what happens with it all.
I gave it 3 stars because it was a pretty good book, but not a great one, at least, not for me. I found it hard work to continue reading it, but I think it was because it was a different kind of book than what I thought it was.
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster.
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Impact Press (1 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925384721
- ISBN-13: 978-1925384727
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)