Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Far North

I just read Far North by Marcel Theroux. It's one of the growing genre of near-future stories about the collapse of human civilisation, of which the greatest is The Road. Far North is written in that straightforward easy style, and slight delicacy about sex and violence, used for young adult fiction (not that it's marketed as such). It's plain and humanistic. I sped through it in a day or so.

The story is set in Siberia. With accelerating global warming, it has become marginally more habitable and a bunch of Americans (mostly Quakers) looking for the simple life, leased a tract of land from the Russian government, and built some small towns while things were still looking hopeful. The point of view character, Makepeace, is a child of those settlers, now grown up, and trying to survive in a world where civilisation has suddenly gone.
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