Jennifer Beach

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Climate Crisis in Fiction | Collection Development, August 2019

Gamechanger

Beckett’s debut is richly imagined, fast-paced climate change fiction. The predictions for our future feel shockingly real but still make one wish the virtual reality technology and the prosocial ideologies were available now. Readers will delight in the nonbinary characters, LBGTQ relationships and identities, and the land acknowledgment statement at the end of the book. Highly recommended.
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Talk to Me

Kenney (Truth in Advertising) delivers a deep tale that balances wit with human folly. No aspects of our modern media lives are left uncovered, as he portrays everything from the old-fashioned nightly news to shock-obsessed web tabloids to CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. Talk to Me reminds us that relationships are lost, and found, in the words we say and the actions we take. [See Prepub Alert, 7/19/18.]
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The Shadows We Hide

Featuring characters from Eskens's debut, The Life We Bury, this title by the "Max Rupert" mysteries author begins slowly but gains momentum as the circumstances surrounding Toke's death unravel. While the ending wraps up a little too perfectly, readers will enjoy the ride. Newcomers will be able to follow the story but may wish they had started with the first book. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]
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Frostlands

This fast read picks up after the death of Julian, the protagonist of Splinterlands, and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone sequel to the first book in the series. Its sense of urgency inspires readers to keep going and a pale glimmer of hope at the end is welcome after the quick, harrowing ride.
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The Wind in His Heart

To read a de Lint novel is to let yourself believe in the power of magic. Highly recommended.
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North (The Sudden Appearance of Hope) has captured the horror of capitalism without empathy. Her prose style, dreamlike and full of unfinished thoughts and rambling sentences, is distracting enough that it might dissuade people from finishing the novel. But if readers can overcome the unusual style, the dense slow-to-start plot carries through to the end. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/17.]
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River's Child

Winner of the publisher's 2016 Landmark Prize for Fiction, Seiler's (Sighing Woman Tea) eco-novel is a thought-provoking dive into a future after the dystopia gives way to hope. Strong storytelling makes this a solid choice for book clubs interested in complex characters, environmental discussions, and gender issues.
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The Rending and the Nest

Schwehn (Tailings: A Memoir) has created a postapocalyptic world in which why is not the main question. The Rending happened; accepting that is the first step toward recovery for the novel's multidimensional characters. This beautifully written story begs to be read again.

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