Mr B's review
Set in the not-too-distant future, these interconnecting narratives make up the story of a fractured community. The climate crisis has led to drought and thus the commodification of water; terrorists target the heavily armoured water train and grand plans to tow an iceberg south take shape. Each chapter juxtaposes the dystopian and the everyday, pulling at the heartstrings and making the whole thing feel very real. The writing is terse, focused, powerful. It cuts straight to the heart and close to the bone. – Tom H. at Mr. B’s
First heard on BBC Radio 4.
Water is commodified. The Water Train that serves the city increasingly at risk of sabotage.
As news breaks that construction of a gigantic Ice Dock will displace more people than first thought, protestors take to the streets and the lives of several individuals begin to interlock. A nurse on the brink of an affair. A boy who follows a stray dog out of the city. A woman who lies dying. And her husband, a marksman: a man forged by his past and fearful of the future, who weighs in his hands the possibility of death against the possibility of life.
From one of the most celebrated writers of his generation, Stillicide is a moving story of love and loss and the will to survive, and a powerful glimpse of the tangible future.
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