This new cli-fi epic chronicles a future NYC wracked by climate change and follows the individuals who must make the most of what remains to survive.
It's 2110, the Earth's glaciers have melted, and there's no climate fix in sight. As refugees stream inland from the inundated coasts, social structures and national economies are stressed to the point of fracture. Food production falters. Pandemics rage. Rising sea level and devastating superstorms have flooded much of Manhattan and wrecked its infrastructure. Its residents have mostly fled, but a few die-hards have bet their survival on the hope that digging in and staying local is a safer strategy.
As the weather worsens, can a damaged population of poor folk, artists, misfits, and loners work out their differences in time to create a sustainable long-term society? In a lawless city, where the well-armed rich have appropriated the high ground, can an ex-priest find a middle road between non-violence and all-out war? The lives of his downtown band of leftovers will depend on it.
Sheltering among them, a young girl named Glimmer struggles to regain a past lost to trauma. As her memory returns, she finds she must choose who and how to be, and who and what to believe in, even if it means giving up a love she has only recently found herself able to embrace.
A young woman pieces together her past in this tantalizing, immersive dystopian sci-fi novel from Kellogg (The Book of Air). The Melt, an event that led to fatal storms and rising sea levels, has left Earth in chaotic imbalance. On Manhattan island, stranded civilians band together to create dens, microcommunities dedicated to keeping their chosen families alive by equally allocating foraged food and supplies. Kellogg's heroine survives Superstorm Abel but loses her memories in the traumatic experience, retaining only glimmers of whom she used to be. With no idea of her past life or former name, she calls herself Glimmer and joins one of the oldest dens, Unca Joe. While some of her denmates long for safety on the utopian mainland, Glimmer isn't sure about abandoning her new life and hopes staying on the island will trigger her memories. But time is running out the next deadly storm is brewing, and the dens are turning on each other in a brutal fight for resources. Kellogg expertly lays out her plot, unravelling information at a deliberate pace and keeping readers invested as Glimmer grapples with her identity. The cinematic worldbuilding and wonderfully nuanced characters set this well-rounded eco-thriller apart. This is a winner. Agent: Joshua Bilmes, JABberwocky Literary Agency.