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Goodbye Miami: Tales Of An American Climate Refugee

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Kass, an American climate refugee, flees Miami in the wake of a hurricane that leaves most of the city underwater. After moving in with her cousin in Southern Illinois, Kass struggles to deal with her displacement. She hopes to find a way to return to the city that she loves. But thanks to global warming, that city is now underwater. What starts as a search for survival quickly evolves into a struggle for the future of Miami -- and the world.

This a previously-published edition of ASIN B00QQ9DEZW.

204 pages, Kindle Edition

First published December 7, 2014

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Treesong is a father, husband, author, community organizer, talk radio host, and Real Life Superhero living in Southern Illinois. He writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, mostly about climate change.

When he's not writing or spending time with his family, Treesong supports social justice, racial justice, and climate justice efforts in his community. He hosts a community radio show called Your Community Spirit with an emphasis on climate change news, unique holidays, and local events. He's also the branch leader of a superhero-themed community service group called Illinois Initiative.

For more information for Treesong's latest writing projects and Real-Life Superhero adventures, visit Treesong's official website at treesong.org.

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July 7, 2019
This books grabs the reader's attention in the first few pages and sustains it throughout the 147 pages. The future that it presents highlights the positive aspects of response to climate change induced hardships. The adaptive organizational and technological solutions present an optimistic outlook.
The book also also realistically portrays the negative practices that have been introduced and nurtured in America's recent wars. The violence described does not seem far-fetched given the current political atmosphere in the country.
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June 3, 2015
Climate change, a subject that needs to be addressed more often with focus on solutions, not rhetoric. Goodbye Miami: Tales Of An American Climate Refugee is a timely book even if it's set in 2030. The events that unfold in the book, I think we could all see happening sooner, even. It's an important topic and this is a book I could see being read in junior and senior high schools. It's pretty basic reading, in that a lot of the concepts are explained as if the reader wasn't aware of what global warming.

The style was different and I enjoyed it. It's written as a series of blog posts by Kass, a refugee of Miami, which is mentioned in the book description. You learn what is happening as she posts about it. While the format is interesting and different, the one negative I found while reading is it doesn't lend itself to being able to create suspense. The topics covered are all things that have already happened, so there is really only suspense within that one blog post.

My main reason for a 4/5 and not 5/5 is I thought the posts should have been tightened up a bit. There was some repetitiveness, that wasn't needed in order to push the story forward. The blog format may have contributed to that as well.

Overall, it was an interesting take on the dystopian genre. It's more of an optimistic dystopia, if that even exists. While much of the world is in a dystopian state, the tone of the book is one of resilience and future survival.

I received a copy of the book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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April 14, 2022
This is excellent! A super enjoyable & interesting read! Something to get your teeth into & your brain engaged! A really great story bringing up some very possible but scary scenarios! I do really enjoy apocalyptic climate adventures & this for sure perfectly matched that! This was so good I think it should be on the reading agenda of all young adults in all schools! I do recommend!
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August 10, 2015
Goodbye Miami: Tales of An American Climate Refugee by Treesong is a well written and thoroughly researched novel. The story is one of great importance as well. It may be a work of fiction, but the overall message and the facts delivered are anything but fictional. Treesong focuses on the impending effects of global warming, fracking, and the inability of some to grasp the importance of alternative energy sources.
Treesong takes the reader on an eventful and realistic journey through the life of a Miami refugee who found herself in a predicament that could have been prevented, if only people listened. Change can be scary for many, but the ultimate motive for not changing what needs to be changed is money, as Treasong shows us in this well thought out story.
This novel is more than just an opinion filled story of "what-ifs", it is a look at what will most likely be if we as a nation do not learn to accept change.
The character development and the structure of the novel were done in such a way that the reader developed relationships instantly. The story used to show what is really happening certainly makes you think while reading it. I admit I went in a bit skeptical, but upon finishing the novel I started to notice just how many news stories matched up to the plot of the story I had just read.
I strongly recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for an entertaining and educational read. Treesong has excellent story telling abilities and he uses those abilities to make a valid and important point. People need to start paying attention to the world around them and start playing a positive part in maintaining it, if they want it to support them.

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