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Back to the Garden

(Wild Mountain #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Note: This previous stand-alone novel has been edited to launch the new Wild Mountain series. The new edition was published October 16, 2018.

Clara Hume’s speculative ecofiction, Back to the Garden, is told from the perspective of a group of “tipping point” survivors–a generation of mountain folks who have experienced the collapse of late-stage capitalism, along with widesp
Paperback, 2, 304 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Dragonfly Publishing (first published September 2nd 2012)
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Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rather than focusing on the end of civilisation, this novel is more about how individuals cope with the dramatic changes in their lives - how they adapt to a new environment, their struggles to survive in a new world, and how they relate to friends and family and strangers. A nicely written and enjoyable read in the eco-fiction and post apocalypse genres.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It is part of the new scifi subgenre, clifi, which covers books about climate change. The book is about a small group of survivors who live on a mountaintop in Idaho. The world has undergone a dramatic climate change which has decimated most of the population. Those on the mountaintop have been living there for many, many years, but decide to journey out into the world to find their parents. Along the way, they pick up several survivors and form a family. It is dystopia ...more
Lisa Devaney
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book became like a comforting friend to me. At first, I struggled to get into a slow pace, and rich descriptive detail, but then, it really grew on me and I started really looking forward to reading it every night.

What struck me about this book is that it really reminded me of John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath' because of the cross-country journey across America that the characters are on. In Steinbeck's legendary novel, it is the great depression that his characters flee, but in this b
Bob L
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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In this near future novel, Clara Hume tells us how different individuals might fare on a warmer, ecologically degraded Earth. It's a post-apocalyptic novel similar to The Road but with more optimism, or The Dog Stars but with less violence.

A group of survivors decide to leave their mountain refuge in Idaho and journey across the continent to visit family in Georgia and South Carolina. The chapters are all first person narratives, but told by different characters. This very effectively conveys h
Donna Mulvenna
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With mounting evidence humanity is on course to irreparably damage the planet, how many of us have wondered what life might be like for future generations who stand to face power, food and water shortages and endure extreme weather conditions? Rather than an end-of-the-world implosion or humanity packing up and moving to another planet, Back to the Garden explores the possibility that mankind might just be able to survive on earth in the face of global warming. Hume delivers a realistic story ab ...more
Marilyn Rhea
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall this book was just ok for me. It takes you right into the story on the very first page. It is told in chapters by different people reflecting their viewpoint of the world as it is in the future. It is a quick read, and I just didn't find it had the depth that I have come to enjoy in dystopian novels. I would recommend it as a light, fast read for anyone that is in the mood for that. ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
For those of us who are scientists and realists, there's too much in here that is unexplainable and impossible. But, if you like science fiction and can look pass that, it's an interesting story from a personal relationships perspective. ...more
Kristal Mikels
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read. Great character development to draw the reader in. Loved the use of language to build the story. Definitely recommend.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars

One of the best post apocalype books ever. A road novel with heart. Although many tragic scenes are described, there is no gratuitous lingering on the violence that plagues the world. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is a little like the Stand could have been- except it is about 20 times better. What a good and decent book, cautiously hopeful about the fate of our world. I wish there were a sequel!

Jun 29, 2022 rated it it was ok
2.5..I am very into 'survival after climate heating ruins our earth' stories at the moment, probably because reading about something is my way of preparing as best I can for it.

However, once again, an interesting premise was spoiled by poor writing and clichés galore.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It's the end of civilization and we are to blame. ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Firstly let me say that this novel has its heart in exactly the right place!

Secondly, it is quite a raw and imperfect novel.

I read this back in 2012 and wrote a review. Since then another edition has been released and it seems a few subtle changes have been made. The following is the body of my original review. I do poke fun at some aspects of the book, but please note that I did enjoy this book and I strongly feel that we need more of this stuff.

The story centres around Fran, a very nice young
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