COVER NOTES: Nothing has been done to prevent climate change, and the United States has spun into decline. Storm surges have made coastal cities uninhabitable, blistering heat waves afflict the interior and, in the South (below ''the Heatstroke Line''), life is barely possible. Under the stress of these events and an ensuing civil war, the former USA nation has broken up into three smaller successor states and tens of tiny principalities. When the flesh-eating bugs that inhabit the South show up in one of the successor states, Daniel Danten is assigned to venture below the Heatstroke Line and investigate the source of the invasion. The bizarre and brutal people he encounters, and the disasters that they trigger, reveal the real horror climate change has inflicted on America.
EARLY PREVIEW REVIEW by cli-fi novelist Lisa Devaney in the UK. [She is the author of ''In Ark: A Promise of Survival'' -- a cli-fi novel set in New York City in the year 2044.]
Sneak Peek: A New Cli-Fi Book ‘The Heatstroke Line’
Do you know the feeling of when you finish a book, but the ideas and story linger with you long after you’ve finished? Well, that’s how I feel about ‘The Heatstroke Line’ by Edward L. Rubin. In fact, I’ve had a hard time picking up new books to read, as I’m still thinking about Rubin’s original and riveting tale of future North America and the terrifying possibilities that may evolve.
Releasing soon as an ebook and paperback, available on Amazon, Rubin’s first novel in the cli-fi genre will leave you wondering about future world political order, and what’s in store for us with climate change.
I got a sneak peek of the book thanks to a friend in the cli fi community, and I’m happy to clue you up about this fast-paced tale that you won’t want to miss. At the center of the story is a scientist caught suddenly in the strange politics between Canada and America, where the former United States have been severely damaged by global warming and a vile species of insects is making life even more terrifying. Daniel Danten, the Canadian scientist captured by powerful leaders from messed up America, is forced to address the insect problem and live with the enemy.
Confronting strong ethnocentrism of Americans desperately trying to hold on and force their culture on others, Daniel’s view of the bravado and effusive propaganda of his captors is very entertaining, and the sinister plot he unravels is believable and frightening. The author keeps a fast pace with this adventurous story that will keep you interested and wondering what happens next. Expect surprises and to be informed about fictional politics that you hope never become reality.
I also enjoyed that Rubin gave us great insight to the personality of each character and the sometimes-tricky personal relationships they experience. When the big picture backdrop of climate change and world politics dominates a story’s setting, books can often lose me with a lot of description of the make-believe world situation, but this tale kept me engaged because of the people at the heart of the story. I like to read about what the people are feeling, how they are living and what they are thinking, and the author did a great job in showing us who’s who, all as he carries us along with a page-turning plot.
Adding positively to the diverse and excellent portfolio of the cli-fi literary and film genre, this book won’t bore you and will also make you think about what the future may hold for any of us living on Earth.
I’m rating this book 5 out of 5 stars without hesitation and think you will really enjoy reading ‘The Heatstorke Line’, too.
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