Legend Pr. Nov. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781789550221. pap. $15.95. SF
Enduring his wife’s daily struggle with dementia, Henry Morris treasures her moments of clarity more than anything. In a dsytopian society where growing old is no longer cherished but considered irresponsible, and euthanasia of the elderly is prevalent, Henry continuously battles with the financial pressures of his wife’s illness. Kaitlyn Thomas refuses to believe her brother, Jack, won’t wake from his coma, but the bills are piling up and her fear of being alone is all-consuming. When Henry and Kaitlyn meet over a cup of coffee, their lives become intertwined in a way neither of them thought possible. They bring contrasting narratives but are still equally relatable. Their heartwarming relationship will draw in readers.
VERDICT Crosskey (Poster Boy) delivers a compelling look into an ageist culture motivated by concern for environmental sustainability but completely devoid of the true meaning of life. Yet despite the nefarious state of this postapocalyptic world, Crosskey proves that out of the darkest circumstances, kindness and selflessness can still reign. A must for all sf/dystopian fiction collections.
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