Above the Ether: A Novel
In a future very like today, Above the Ether follows six sets of characters moving through a landscape and a country just beginning to show the signs of change. A father and his young children fleeing a tsunami after/>In ...more
Barnes inflicts his people with some bizarre ecological disasters, such as when one city is swallowed up by ...more
The stories of six sets of vastly different characters are told in short vignettes set in the climate changed world Barnes first created in The City Where We Once Lived. The weather patterns are unpredictable and violent, while the ground is poisoned, and the government is unable to provide any assistance. This novel covers the changes before, that l ...more
It's not only the climate change that is horrifying- although the looming, ever-present extreme weather in different cities in the book do have that effect. The horro ...more
All in all, I would absolutely consider reading this, but I’m not sure I’m willing enough to give this another read i ...more
The prose in Above the Ether is hypnotic. At times, it was repetitive but that seemed to have an even greater impact.
The story also was often disjointed and the jump between characters jarring. It made it a bit confusing. However, as a means of conveying disruption, it was highly effective.
The prose and the story were very compelling. Just be prepared to loosely follow the characters. It's worth it.
I am looking forward to reading the sequel to this book.