For the most part Bleak is very clearly inspired by the climate change and has taken this idea to the next level by imagining a world where Earth has basically turned on humankind and is determined to finally strike back. The year when the book takes place isn’t specified but it has to be at least few decades into the future because of some of the ‘’new’’ technologies, although it might very well be 2012 when the Mayan calendar ended.
Luckily, mankind doesn’t have to look long to find an escape and that happens when a satellite unexpectedly comes back through a wormhole in our own star system (don’t ask how it was discovered and how long it’s known to be there) and on the other side there seems to be a planet that could sustain humans.
Unfortunately for the book itself, the strongest part of it was everything that wasn’t science fiction and happened in the flashbacks. Also, the way that the whole situation and the immediate solution to the problem, in the beginning, is introduced seemed to be a bit rushed. At the same time Bleak isn’t that long so that its drawbacks don’t become too much an annoyance.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||234 page|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|