Lost Ark Dreaming

Tor.com. May 2024. 192p. ISBN 9781250890757. $19.99. SF
In near-future Nigeria, the world has succumbed to extreme climate change. With the region underwater, five towers, known as the Fingers, rise out of the floods and are home to thousands. The affluent live on the top floors, while many more poor people are crammed into the levels submerged under the Atlantic Ocean. When a report of a breach causes midlevel analyst Yekini and upper-level bureaucrat Ngozi to travel underseas to follow up, they meet Tuoyo, an undersea mechanic who once lived above. As the breach is discovered to have been caused by one of the Children, transformed descendants of those left to the water, all three must find a way to bring their disparate perspectives and lives together and reveal the truth about the past—no matter who wants to hide it. The novel’s multiple points of view, along with interspersed news articles leading to the present, showcase the themes of class and disparity through tense action.
VERDICT Okungbowa (Warrior of the Wind) offers readers an amazing, character-driven story set in a vivid, dystopian world.
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