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The Rest Is Silence by Scott Fotheringham
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Jul 11, 12

bookshelves: apocalypse, library
Read from July 05 to 11, 2012

The Rest is Silence is a novel from a small East Coast Canadian publisher, that to be honest, I'd never heard of before. If the rest of their books are similar quality, I will have to check them out.

This book falls into the category of slow apocalypse, or soft apocalypse, written in the first person from the point of view of a man who has bought land in the backwoods of Nova Scotia, and is now living in a tent and trying to eke out a living from this land. But between his battles with mosquitos and the weather and falling in love with a woman named Lina, there are hints about a larger problem on the horizon. Mainly that something is affecting plastic, which will have huge impact on everything, since food comes packaged in plastics, computers are using plastic, etc. There are touches about how companies are trying to come up with new plastics that are immune to whatever microbe is eating them. As well, there is talk about how more frequent pandemics are happening

This ties in with the periodic bits where he is telling about Benny, a grad student who is hunting for a microbe that will eat plastic to save the planet. She's focused on her work, but also torn between Leroy, who is in love with her, and Rachel, who she fell in love with.

The use of language is interesting in this book. The protagonist's sections are in first person, present tense. Benny's sections are in third person past tense, which will leave you wondering how it ties back to the protagonist. Even though modern writing has left me always looking for the twist, this book honestly surprised me at times.

Definitely a book worth tracking down, and a great book for a read on a lazy summer day.
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