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Above the Ether To say that I m a climate fiction fan never sounds quite right to me because they re usually disastrous human extinction events that completely untether modern civilizations and I find them fairly terrifying, but I am drawn to them So when I saw this, I knew I needed to read it I have to admit that it was actually hard to read quickly because it was so vivid even though the prose was stark I d never have expected that dandelions could be expressed as something so suffocating and relentless I needed to put this down a few times but it stayed in my mind pulled me back Once finished, I needed a day to think about what I wanted to say about it.The dire situation presaged an ever closer, ever inescapable cataclysm and people were simply existing in it with varying levels of acknowledgement Each of the characters followed are also not just dealing with the environmental changes, they re dealing with fractured families, estranged or missing relatives, financial insecurities, loneline Above the Ether takes place the day after tomorrow, or so it seems An earthquake in the gulf at the same time as a hurricane creates an epic wave that devours the gulf coast Never ending fires render communities unlivable Drought devastates farmland Dandelions and mollusks and nature in general seems to have run amok Eric Barnes describes a dystopic future that is only a tick of the clock from our present, a future where the climate catastrophe we have done little to avoid arrives And yet, Barnes does not use the word climate once This is not a polemic, this is a story.Above the Ether follows six narratives, a father and his kids fleeing the gulf, a husband and wife seeking their runaway son, a callous investor checking out the potential for disaster dividends, refugees finally getting their release from a border detention facility, carnival workers working their route, and a restaurant manager just doing his job as best he can These disparate people move by happenstance and necessity toward an unnamed city where they converge in a crisis, finding hope in the midst of despair.Nothing and no one has a name People are described solely by the roles Every location is unnamed, leaving it to us to situate it in our own cultural geography So why is it so compelling Why did I read this in one sitting, skipping dinner and reading to the end I think we value what we work for.I remember being taught to put a notecard over the bottom third of the this is a non formatted book that jumps from part of one story to another while there is no connection until the end of the story if then this is a world that has been destroyed by the deterioration of the city because of the lack of jobs and the loss of production and repairs public works were delayed as the roads, bridges,levees and canals began falling apart.Barnes inflicts his people with some bizarre ecological disasters, such as when one city is swallowed up by dandelions but after reading how many of the characters came to be on the road, they are all stuck on a highway that is below sea level When they are caught in a heavy rain, there is a massive pile up on the sub surface road, when the local levee collapses, the road becomes a river rising to sixth feet in depth.people from the north side of the city, come to the aide of those from the south side who were stuck in the floode Very choppy, convoluted, and depressing Did not care for the style of writing Jumbled descriptions of a cast of characters travels through a deteriorating climate. Above the Ether by Eric Barnes is a highly recommended prequel to his climate change science fiction novel The City Where We Once Lived.The stories of six sets of vastly different characters are told in short vignettes set in the climate changed world Barnes first created in The City Where We Once Lived The weather patterns are unpredictable and violent, while the ground is poisoned, and the government is unable to provide any assistance This novel covers the changes before, that led to the world he created None of his characters are given names, rather they are named by a description We follow the stories of a father and his two children fleeing a tsunami in the Gulf an investor making money betting on disasters a couple punishing themselves over their sons addictions, while wildfires rage around them a doctor and his wife living in a refugee camp for immigrants a young man with a violent past and present is working at a carnival and the manager of a fast food chain in a city of fierce winds The different characters and their stories converge on the city which is half abandoned and the setting for The City Where We Once Lived.The writing and the stories are presented in a dream like, fragmented manner in a harsh apocalyptic setting This is one of those novels that you will either commit to finishing or you will set it aside While the characters are going through turmoil and unbelievable hardships, Barnes seems to purposefully keep his ch I enjoy dystopian genre, all these different ways to end the world as we know it Climate is one way to go Popular enough to command its own subgenre, climate related science fiction can be very compelling, possibly because it s so tragically realistic In this book the global warming is very real and it is devastating Wild fires, raising waters albeit not in a geographical proximity that would have been a practical solution to both , tsunamis, earthquakes, storms and so on There is a city nameless as all things are in this book that is separated into a distinct North and South end, one inhabitable, one abandoned But people survive like they tend to And it is their journeys through this scarred new world that comprise this novel The book is made up of separate, occasionally intersecting narratives following different survivors and their stories All of them are nameless, but nevertheless distinct and compelling Although the lack of names does contribute to a general distance in the ambiance, it is obviously a stylistic choice as is the clipped manner of dialogue and short almost staccato like sentence structure I enjoyed it in a way, it provide 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 Violent Storm.

About the Author: Eric Barnes

Eric Barnes is writer of the novels Above the Ether Arcade Publishing, June 2019 , The City Where We Once Lived Arcade Publishing , Something Pretty, Something Beautiful Outpost19 and Shimmer Unbridled Books , an IndieNext Pick He has published numerous short stories, and works as CEO of The Daily Memphian, host of Behind the Headlines, and publisher of a number of community newspapers.Prais

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