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Nature's Confession

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The epic tale of two teens in a fight to save a warming planet . . . the universe . . . and their love. A cli-fi quest full of romance, honor, and adventure.

When a smart-mouthed, mixed-race teen wonders why the work that needs to be done pays nothing compared to the busywork glorified on holovision news, the search for answers takes him on the wildest journey of anyone’s
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Wayne Marinovich
When I was able to put this work down, it was with regret. I simply wanted to read it in a single stint. Zany, fantastical and a product of a clearly whimsical mind. This book however, covers some serious and important topics that are affecting the planet we live on, so very relevant.

When I did finish, it reminded me a little of Star Trek, infused with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and a little Dr Who thrown in the wonderful mix.

Get it. Read it.
“One hundred and fifty years ago, the monster began, this country had become a place of industry. Factories grew on the landscape like weeds. Trees fell, fields were up-ended, rivers blackened. The sky choked on smoke and ash, and the people did, too, spending their days coughing and itching, their eyes turned forever toward the ground. Villages grew into town, towns into cities. And people began to live on the earth rather than within it.”

----Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist

J.L. Morin
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clifi-ecofiction
A fun book that is weird, crazy, funny, zany but above all serious. It is like a cross between The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Make Room, Make Room with a dash of The Sheep Look Up or vice versa. It is about Man against Nature and the destruction and saving of Planets: metaphorical, allegorical, sardonic, ironic... Read it, enjoy it and care.

A solid 8 of 10 stars
Aug 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader’s copy of the novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Although I was really looking forward to reading this novel, it turned out to not be my cup of tea at all (I detest preachy prose).

Nature’s Confession is explicitly promoted as climate fiction, or “cli-fi”. On the page facing the title page “The state of the cli-fi genre” is printed in bold, followed by two quotations describing climate fiction as a recent phenomenon related to climate
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Adventure-packed book that explores serious issues from an often funny angle.
Cons: Requires some suspension of disbelief. The fable-like telling may take a bit to get used to. Multiple points of view may not be everybody's cup of tea.
Will appeal to: Those who like their sci-fi peppered with humour, but also driven by a purpose. Those who can appreciate a modern fable coupled with a (not preachy) message.

First off...DISCLAIMER: I r
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this futuristic eco-loving romance novel.

It was interesting and informative, with enjoyable adventures.

Highly recommend it to everyone.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you ready to turn the controls over to the imagination of J. L. Morin? If so, strap in and be prepared to learn about the consequences of a Big Bang, Black Holes and most importantly, when humans become an archaic commodity on what is left of Earth. Big Government, big business and the quest for the almighty dollar have ravaged Earth’s resources, killed off the animals and devalued life until it is worth no more than one grain of soot in a world traumatized. The air has been fouled and human ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world in Nature's confession is of course exaggerated but quite recognizable. People are living on a polluted planet and doing useless "busywork", while the fossil fuel corporations are earning billions. The Earth is almost destroyed and no one seems to care to do anything about it till the chain of events forces the characters of the novel to step in and contribute into saving the world.
I liked the characters of the story: the main character - Boy - who wasn't afraid to try to save the plan
Linda Todd
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: gift
Shelves: my-fab, got
Amazing story this planetary adventure was a wonderful treat for the imagination and a wonderful book. This book did feed the soul and the emotions as well. Brillant story very strong characters and the characters goes from being wife,mother,and then to a leader of another planet. The character named boy with a smart mouth and a brain to back it up. Boy had a reoccurring dream about agirl with auburn hair this happened until they meet. But they didn,t see eye to eye at first. Amazing story this ...more
David Wooddell
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nature's Confession by J. L. Morin is a terrifically funny, and somewhat frightening look at the future. Her characters are well-thought out, and representational - Any Gynoid, for instance, is the superhero everywoman who saves humanity, using the discovery of the character Boy. The Red Haired Girl is mysterious, and haunts Boy's dreams, with good reason - she is inspiringly alluring for Boy. As for the character Porter - well, as his name implies, he carries a lot. What I enjoyed the most was ...more
Fred Hughes
Thank you to the author for supplying a free copy of this book for review

I didn't really finish the book. While the author is trying to start a new genre - CLIMATE FICTION - I'm not sure that this was the best format to do that.

Yes the issues dealt with are real but the idiosyncratic, irreverent, suspension of belief phrasing is off putting. As a genre it is mash up of Fantasy and Drugged Induced Illusion

A better way would be to incorporate the climate fiction into a genre with a wider appeal in
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-readers
I would like to thank J L Morin for sending me a copy of Nature's Confession. This book is a genre that I seldom read, but must admit to be pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed reading this eco adventure and romance book. Admittedly I did find parts a little far fetched in places, but this didn't distract from such an enjoyable read. A wonderful story for the imagination and I'm sure my grandson will enjoy reading this book as much as I did before it is placed in my library case for rea ...more
Melonie Kydd

I really enjoyed reading this book - I loved how the author took something as serious as earth destruction and caring for planet and turned it into a fantastic story with a moral to it.

The characters were believable and came to life in my imagination - it was a well spun story with vivid imagery and eloquent writing.

Also written review on my blog
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Nature's Confession is so good you don't want to put it down. I love how if brings up so many questions and points of interest that are important to TODAY's time. The book is insightful and makes you remember how important it is to keep your planet clean. I also liked the many relationships within the book and really just the book as a whole, I definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for a thrilling, science-y book.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I was lucky enough to recieve this book from the author in exchange of a review and I have to say I'm really glad I did.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is an amazing story. The environmental issues are relatable which make the the story even better. The characters are well and come to life in my imagination. The book is beautifully written and it grips you from the moment you start to read.
Louise Colclough
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
An adventure that makes you think!

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book free from the author herself, and I have to say it's one of the best books I have ever read.

It highlights important environmental issues via a whirlwind adventure through time and space.

I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book. Beautifully written with a story that grips you from beginning to end.

A triumph for J.L Morin!
Paul Kramer
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JL Morin's book, "Nature's Confession" is an exciting, well written wonderful story packed with imagination and romance. It's mission is to save our Planet Earth from self destructing.
I highly recommend this book.

Paul M. Kramer
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mix of important topics intertwined around a Sci-fi story. I will write a review shortly.
J.G. Follansbee
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: climate-fiction
Nature’s Confession is an impressive sci-fi epic with a multi-versal scope. On the one hand, it’s a young adult romance featuring a mixed-race boy named “Boy” and his infatuation with Valentine, a red-haired beauty with a talent for particle physics. On the other, it’s a speculative story of a family falling on hard emotional times as the father takes up with a female android, which leads the mother to pursue a career in interplanetary politics. Much of the action happens on an earth sickened by ...more
Amberle Husbands
Disclaimer: I received this novel directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was intrigued by Nature's Confession to begin with because of the truly original cover art (I know, I know, judging books by their covers, shame on me) and by the blurb about it being a "cli-fi" novel. I'd never read anything before that called itself that, so yes, I was curious.
I will begin by admitting that this was a difficult read for me. Not because it is a difficult book on the level of its theme
Debra Schoenberger
I have to admit, this is one of the more bizarre books I've ever read.  I did learn a new word however, "spaghettification".
"Boy's" (he won't receive a name until he's 15) family lives in a very dismal future where, the ocean is encroaching on landmasses, animals are extinct and food is pretty much all "non-food".  Corrupt governments and corporations have all but destroyed Nature to line their pockets.  Censorship monitors public speech, so that when someone says an "illegal" word, they get an
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Nature’s Confession is a powerful and thought-provoking novel from start to finish. This was my first time reading a cli-fi novel and it was incredible. The Earth as it is described is one that can be vividly imagined if we keep on the same path even a hundred years from now. The pollution, corruption and turning a blind eye to these events can be seen now and in the novel.

A novel targeted to youth, Nature’s Confession truly goes the extra mile to remind our youth that they are a powerful f
Danielle Urban
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nature's Confession by J. L. Morin is an interesting science fiction read. There are a lot strong messages about our environment. I actually liked that. Many of us forget about the impact of our action on/in our environments. Pollution is one major issue that we still have not found a solution for...our cities are so polluted no one thinks of the pollution as an issue. Because they have grown so used to it. If you can't see the stars at night, there is too much pollution where one lives. J. L. M ...more
Lilian Flesher
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-reads
Extremely well written, interesting subject, had me pondering over the state of the universe and what would befall us all. I think this book will be loved by young adults, perhaps enlightening them to look further than their eyes can see!!! The imagination of this author is awesome, having to write about normal day to life things is one thing but to write about the "unknown" is definitely for someone who has a great mind and great imagination. I don't want to give any spoilers so I will just sti ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the future of Planet Earth after Climate Change, All the natural resources have been stripped, and the air itself is not breathable, the land no longer fertile. Earth cannot sustain life any longer. Corporations making money on destroying the planet have bought out everything: children's learning is nothing at all and adults all have official BusyWork. The few people with active brains are a careful 5th column trying to save the human race, since Earth is unsalvageable... unless.. maybe. ...more
Carol (Kimiko)
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Carol (Kimiko) by: GOODREADS.COM🤠
It was a little hard to put down.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read for a book discussion series on "Cli Fi" aka Climate Fiction. This dystopian YA book has a decent beginning with evocative descriptions of what the environment and society has become as a result of Corporate Greed. Even the little bits of "magic" are not so troubling, as it is Cli Fi but also Sci Fi. By the halfway mark it goes all to heck into razzle dazzle and ridiculous sci-fi and lost me. Discussion was interesting and the leader [a Yale professor] also agreed the book was faulty. Theme ...more
Arkham Reviews
Nature's Confession is a novel that took on the noble goal of addressing problems with climate change, habitat destruction and the overuse of fossil fuels, however did not do so in a particularly memorable or effective manner. The argument used is preachy and entirely one sided, showing the eEmperor as a many who knows that he is destroying the planet and simply does not care. He makes no attempt to justify his drilling for oil, voicing gleefully that no one can stop him, making him an incredibl ...more
Laura Thomas
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is proclaimed to be a new genre, Cli-Fi, and that intrigued me, along with the stunning cover art.

Young love blossoms on a world raped of all it’s natural resources by big business. The air is unbreathable, no flora or fauna can survive, and man is now delegated to busy work. Recent history is ever changing so children are taught about past events from censored text books. Can a group of enlightened individuals save their planet?

All of this was familiar. I’d read about similar plots, seen m
Jeremy Michael Gallen
This J.L. Morin novel promises an epic yarn about a pair of teenagers that struggle to save their world from global warming, opening with praise from critics that appreciated its environmental themes, the book dubbed climate fiction, or “cli-fi.” Morin, unsurprisingly, dedicates the novel to “unconquerable” Mother Nature, and gives statistics about how governments hand out nearly two trillion dollars towards polluting industries. The author further gives thanks to a scientist, Dr. Thomas Mowbray ...more
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JL Morin grew up in inner city Detroit and wrote her Japan novel, SAZZAE as her thesis at Harvard. It won a gold medal in the 2010 eLit Book Award, and was a 2010 Living Now Book Award winner. She took to the road, working as a TV newscaster and writing three more novels. Adjunct faculty at Boston University, J. L. Morin, is also the author of TRAVELLING LIGHT; NATURE'S CONFESSION (Readers' Favori ...more