Storms ahead

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 11 Fe­bru­ary 342 pages | Hard­back/ ebook

Au­thor Clare Mor­rall

Pub­lisher Scep­tre

Sci- fi of­ten re­flects the wor­ries of its age – in­va­sion, nu­clear war, mind con­trol – so the dev­as­tat­ing cli­mate change and in­cur­able virus un­leashed on the world in this novel are un­likely to sur­prise any­one who’s read the news lately.

Roza Polan­ski lives in a high- rise apart­ment block near Birm­ing­ham, in a Bri­tain dev­as­tated by un­con­trol­lable, un­pre­dictable weather and a virus that wiped out most of the pop­u­la­tion. Their or­dered, in­tro­verted ex­is­tence will soon change with Roza’s up­com­ing mar­riage, but be­fore that hap­pens a stranger, Aashay, ar­rives with tales of other sur­vivors and a world beyond what they’ve known. But can he be trusted?

Start­ing slowly and care­fully be­fore build­ing to a thrilling con­clu­sion, this is a won­der­ful ex­am­i­na­tion of the de­tails of life after an apoc­a­lypse. There are no zom­bies or ma­raud­ing mo­tor­cy­cle gangs, just frag­ments of society at­tempt­ing to sur­vive in a world where the weather de­stroys ev­ery­thing and tech­nol­ogy slowly falls apart. With a sparse, de­tached style and top­i­cal dis­cus­sions of moral un­cer­tain­ties, state power and cen­sor­ship, this is an in­tel­li­gent story to be savoured. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

Clare Mor­rall fits in her writ­ing around half days as a mu­sic teacher, at a prep school in Birm­ing­ham.

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