Blackfish City

Blackfish City

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After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. Now crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called "the breaks" is ravaging the population. When a strange new visitor arrives--a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side--the city is entranced. She very subtly brings together four people--each living on the periphery--to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.
Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062684820
Branch Call Number: F MILLE-S
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Black fish city


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May 08, 2018

I would normally rate this book 4 stars, since it's really good but not, like, life-changing. I'm adding half a star because one of the point-of-view characters is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, and that was something I, as a genderqueer person, really appreciated, so!

My personal delight at seeing a character like myself aside, like: this book is really good, you guys. It reminds me, in a good way, of classic SF like Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar, with the multiple POVs, the punk rock aesthetic, and the combination of social commentary, realistic futurism and sexy action adventure.

If you like this book (and you probably will!) check out The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden, or, you know, if you liked that one you'll probably like this one too.


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