On Sale: June 11, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Action | Thriller | Suspense
A mesmerizing novel of unfolding dystopia amid the
effects of climate change in a world very like our own, for
readers of Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and
Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood.
In this prequel to Eric Barnes's acclaimed cli-fi novel
The City Where We Once Lived, six sets of characters
move through a landscape and a country just beginning to
show the signs of cataclysmic change. A father and his young
children fleeing a tsunami after a massive earthquake in the
Gulf. A woman and her husband punishing themselves without
relent for the loss of both their sons to addiction, while
wildfires slowly burn closer to their family home. A
brilliant investor, assessing opportunity in the risk to
crops, homes, cities, industries, and infrastructure,
working in the silent comfort of her office sixty floors up
in the scorching air. A doctor and his wife stuck in a
refugee camp for immigrants somewhere in a southern desert.
Two young men working the rides for a roadside carnival, one
escaping a brutal past, the other a racist present. The
manager of a chain of nondescript fast-food restaurants in a
city ravaged by the relentless wind..
While every night the news alternates images of tsunami
destruction with the baseball scores, the characters
converge on a city where the forces of change have already
broken—a city half abandoned, with one part left to be
scavenged as the levee system protecting it slowly
fails—until, in their vehicles on the highway that runs
through it, they witness the approach of what looks to be
just one more violent storm.
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