Let’s just get one thing out of the way right now: climate change is real. There is no other way around it. However, if for whatever reason you are still on the fence, this is a great book to illustrate the real problems our world is currently facing.
A dark family secret haunts a young Lucy Gold as she struggles to survive in a world ravaged by the effects of climate change. Her mother is a suspected murderer, her father has been absent since her birth, and her planet—after generations of careless greenhouse gas emissions—is a nightmare of droughts, fires, and violent storms. As Lucy grows older and unravels the closely guarded mystery surrounding her past, she discovers an opportunity to redefine her life and alter the fate of children in the path of unfathomable environmental hazards. (Goodreads)
This book acts as a cautionary tale against how our current generation is handling the issue of climate change. However, the author manages to avoid coming across as preachy and instead uses his creative story to get the message across.
I haven’t read much of the apocalyptic/cli-fi genre, and I usually avoid them because they all tend to follow the same pattern, but what I really liked about this book is how unique it is. Following the different elemental effects around the world/country, we also get to follow Lucy’s personal story as she grows up in a world that has only known this fate. It didn’t feel like the typical ‘save the world in a day’ routine; rather it was a series of struggles that showed just how much our world can suffer if we continue as we are.
Unfortunately, the author didn’t do a great job with the dialogue. Besides not using contractions (this is okay in dialogue, I promise!), the language he used seemed much too old for the young protagonist. There was also a story shared with Lucy that, while furthering the plot, was much too graphic to say to a 12-year-old! Even later when Lucy has aged, she spoke like a present-day middle-aged person. Seeing as this takes place several decades in the future, I think it’s more likely her language would resemble what we know of today as teenager-speech.
I also have a pet peeve about authors losing track of their time jumps. While this was minor, there were some characters that aged a lot over an ambiguous number of years, while others only aged a few years. The numbers just don’t add up!
Still, the story itself was very inspiring and I really did enjoy reading the author’s take on the future of the world. The use of the hashtag in the title is specifically for passing this message along. The author is passionate about raising awareness of climate change and has found a way to do so through his readers. I encourage you to get involved, either on Twitter with this hashtag or in any way you can, to educate others about this worldly issue. It affects all of us!
Have you read any cli-fi books lately? Let me know in the comments!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review