by James Bradley
(author’s website: http://cityoftongues.com/)
From the back cover:
On a beach in Antarctica, scientist Adam Leith marks the passage of the summer solstice. Back in Sydney his partner Ellie waits for the results of her latest round of IVF treatment.
That result, when it comes, will change both their lives and propel them into a future neither could have predicted. In a collapsing England Adam will battle to survive an apocalyptic storm. Against a backdrop of growing civil unrest at home, Ellie will discover a strange affinity with beekeeping. In the aftermath of a pandemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual reconstructions of the dead. And new connections will be formed from the most unlikely beginnings.
Clade is the story of one family in a radically changing world, a place of loss and wonder where the extraordinary mingles with the everyday. Haunting, lyrical and unexpectedly hopeful, it is the work of a writer in command of the major themes of our time.
I’ve been waiting for Clade to become available at the library for some time as it has been out on loan for months, ever since it came out I imagine. I can now see why it’s been so popular. Set in the very near future, Clade is an exploration of three generations of an Australian family who must endure the worsening effects of climate change. Massive floods, raging bushfires and a global pandemic play out in the background as the characters navigate relationships and family dynamics.
The plot unfolds over a series of vignettes, with gaps of some years between them, as the family grow apart and then together, new technologies are developed and the world comes repeatedly to the brink of total catastrophe. As the blurb points out, Clade is surprisingly hopeful about the potential for humanity to survive a more volatile climate, particularly when everyone bands together, mirrored by the family who overcome their differences to support each other.
I’m definitely noticing a theme in the novels I have been reading for this challenge, there were some distinct similarities between Clade and Year of Wonders (review here). In both books, the protagonists have to face apocalyptic scenarios that they are unprepared for and find the strength within themselves to protect others. Clade might interest someone who enjoys apocalyptic fiction, as well those who would like a reminder of the damage that unchecked climate change could wreak.
Clade fulfils the #male author, #fiction book, #author new to me and #book published in 2014 or 2015 tags of the Aussie Author Challenge 2015.
So far I have read:
5 books by a female author (+1 female co-author)
2 books by a male author (+1 male co-author)
5 non-fiction books
3 fiction books
8 books by an author who is new to me
5 books published in 2014 or 2015