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Clade begins in the very near future in Antarctica, following Adam, who is on a research expedition studying the effects of climate change. Across the globe in Australia, where most of the book is set, his wife Ellie is undergoing IVF. Since one of her best friends died, Ellie has felt the urgency of life and her need to create a lasting legacy in it. Adam, on the other hand, is in a quandary about the morality of this decision.
The book progresses in sections which represent jumps in time, and the reader follows the subsequent generations of Adam and Ellie’s family: their daughter Summer, Summer’s son Noah, the adopted Lijuan and Lijuan’s daughter. Each section acts as a vignette to explore different aspects of the ecological crisis, sprinkled with near-futuristic tropes. This means that, despite being concisely written and eloquently understated, the scope of this book is vast and ambitious: Summer has severe asthma, and taking care of her is made more difficult by the rolling blackouts and intense heat of Australian summer. She grows up into a troubled teenager who struggles to find her place in the world, a world which seems to be in the end times. Adam travels to a devastated England where he battles to survive an apocalyptic storm; an illegal immigrant is mysteriously drawn to the art of beekeeping; a 16-year-old girl’s diary discusses the loss of her mother to the sudden spreading of a deadly SARS-like virus; in the aftermath of an epidemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual recreations of the dead…
- ISBN: 9781785654145
- Dimensions: 198 x 130mm
- Trade Paperback: 320pp
- Publication date: 5 September 2017
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