Blackfish City

Blackfish City

Book - 2018
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After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city's denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges--crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called "the breaks" is ravaging the population. When a strange new visitor arrives--a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side--the city is entranced. The "orcamancer," as she's known, very subtly brings together four people--each living on the periphery--to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062684875
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,21 cm


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Nov 16, 2019

Set in a post-climate change apocalypse world on a platform city anchored in arctic waters, this Nebula-nominated novel is well-imagined and well-plotted, but I never warmed up to the characters, their dire histories and circumstances, or their perils.

Jun 02, 2019

In the hands of a good writer this could have been a timely, exciting book. Unfortunately, the poor storytelling constantly took me out of the story. A really shame, it had potential.

Mar 19, 2019

Nominated for Nebula Awards May 2019

Jun 29, 2018

Excellent, vividly written with a strong storyline carrying a commentary on gender politics and social criticism in a post-capitalist dystopia.

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