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America City

By (author) Chris Beckett
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic Books, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Corvus
Published: 2nd Nov 2017
Dimensions: w 162mm h 240mm d 33mm
Weight: 625g
ISBN-10: 1786491524
ISBN-13: 9781786491527
Barcode No: 9781786491527
'An uneasy read that manages to feel both timely and urgent... Beckett offers an intelligent, visceral reminder that unless we change what today looks like, tomorrow will be turbulent indeed.' - Guardian America, one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between north and south, and some northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless fellow-Americans from the south. Against this backdrop, an ambitious young British-born publicist, Holly Peacock, meets a new client, the charismatic Senator Slaymaker, a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together, reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single, united nation. When he runs for President, Holly becomes his right hand woman, doing battle on the whisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little. But can they bring America together - or have they set the country on a new, but equally devastating, path?

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Jan 1st 2018, 20:58
A bleak outlook
Excellent - 8 out of 10
America is no longer a great place to live (and nor is most of the rest of the world it seems) thanks to mass global warming that has made Mexico and the Southern States essentially uninhabitable due to ferocious and continuous storms/lack of meaningful rainfall.
In comes Holly, a PR in a world of increasing technological gadgetry where you thoughts are no longer your own and a hint of suggestion on the web can start a catalogue of rumour and lies. Her job now is to turn Steven Slaymaker into the next political hard hitter (presidential ambitions are clear here) and his solution is to move vast quantities of the US population to Canada.
Global warming aside, this is a book that portrays a stark message about the power of persuasion and how the masses can be coerced into actions that they would normally have considered as unconscionable.
Even when the US essentially force new cities upon Canada is it really the solution or just opening a whole new can of worms?
This is one of those books that will really get the reader thinking (and worrying about the state of the world for future generations).
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A captivating and haunting book * Daily Mail on Dark Eden * A classic theme, beautifully told * Sunday Telegraph on Dark Eden * Mother of Eden is a masterpiece * Guardian * Eden is building into one of most vivid and fascinating places in modern SF -- Eddie Robson * SFX * The Eden trilogy is a remarkable achievement: with wit, insight and invention Beckett has imagined a scientific Genesis not just about a society, but about the culture and myths that sustain it. It is both politically astute and theologically compelling. -- Stuart Kelly * Guardian * Chris Beckett is a genius * Eric Brown bestselling author of THE SERENE INVASION * America City is beautifully written, inventive, with a strong cast of characters... and a plot that makes the reader think, and is another great book from one of the best writers around. * Concatenation * Compelling... a grim demonstration of how one person can change history, but not control it. * SFX * An uneasy read that manages to feel both timely and urgent... Beckett offers an intelligent, visceral reminder that unless we change what today looks like, tomorrow will be turbulent indeed. * Guardian *