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One week before the Global Mandatory Hibernation and Flea Wheeler will do anything to avoid a long winter underground. A claustrophobic climate refugee who has been living rough on the flooded streets of Manchester, Flea dreads the day she’ll be forced into shelter so a geoengineering experiment can attempt to reverse the chaotic effects of global warming. Armed with nothi ...more
Kindle Edition, 405 pages
Published December 14th 2018 by Odd Voice Out
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Deb Barringer
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Shrinking, Sinking Land by Kell Cowley is a wonderfully written apocalyptic novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Kell Cowley created a world where people where being forced underground for a 6 month period called Global Mandatory Hibernation. To stay on the surface was a death sentence. Still, some refugees refused to go. Conspiracy theories abound. Who was responsible, the government? The aliens? Something else? The storyline is fast-paced and unique, filled w ...more
Vanessa Duffy
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Having not read any Young Fiction before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the fast pace and believable characters kept me hooked to the end. I loved the way that Kell Crowley keeps your interest by introducing so many twists and turns and makes you eager to find out what happens next.
Looking forward to the next one!
Cinthia
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book! It was a captivating story about the devastating effects of climate change. The mysteries kept me guessing until the end. However my favorite aspect were the characters. I cared so much about every single one of them. Even the ones I wanted to hate. All of them had an interesting back story and believable motivations. Even though there were sides, no one was truly a 'bad guy'. It made for one of the best-written book I've read.
Hayley Guertin
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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"There are three main ways an umbrella can save your life" (Cowley, 1).

Shrinking Sinking Land is a YA dystopian climate fiction novel revolving around the earth we live in and what could happen if we don't take care of our earth - and aliens, of course.

The novel starts off following Flea, a young girl trying to get her mother out of a sinkhole caused by the extreme weather. We are quickly introduced to the scouse accent and Liverpool dialect that she shares with her mother, demonstrating an od
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K.C. Finn
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shrinking Sinking Land is an excellent work of YA dystopian climate fiction by debut author Kell Cowley, and the first in a continuing series with Odd Voice Out Publishing. The central plot follows our hero Flea Wheeler, a mixed race girl born into a political decision she had no say in: the Geolution. Global Mandatory Hibernation is coming, and the population of Great Britain must take cover in underground shelters as climate change rocks the world with dangerous floods and terrifying storms. F ...more
Rob C
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cli-fi
This is simply a good book! The characters feel real, the plot has pace and depth and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. No spoiler alerts in this review.

For me the author has cleverly woven a picture of the future that resonates with every climate news story that we see around the world today and fully engaging the reader as she does so. Moreover Kell Cowley achieves this with a wit and insight that provokes the reader and leaves them with thoughts and qu
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Lou Walker
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I blame this book for not talking to my husband for 2 days 😂. I could not put it down. I found myself snatching 'just one more page' as I couldn't stop thinking about what Flea and her friends were going to encounter next. My mind was whirring with theories throughout. Very well written! I can't wait for the next one.
Kell Cowley
Teenage climate refugees, weird weather experiments, extreme greens, space cases, cleaner cops, umbrella ninjas and cyborg cats. The Global Mandatory Hibernation is looming as the storm clouds gather over the last week of the surface world. Check out this story of some crazy kids fighting to stay above ground.
Asksplodge.Me
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taking a month to read a book (seriously!!)- but I got there despite the sink holes of daily life - and so glad that I did. Felt really attached to the characters as they journeyed through life and came alive. Well done Kelly. But when is the next book coming out.
Scott Cahan
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These days, young adult dystopian novels are a dime a dozen but Shrinking Sinking Land by Kell Cowley has taken the genre in a whole new direction that is both fascinating and fun. The story is set in Great Britain in the not-too-distant-future when violent weather patterns have become the enemy of mankind. The government is sending everyone underground for an enforced six-month hibernation while they do experiments on the atmosphere to get things back to normal. The plot focuses on a ragtag gro ...more
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Chester author Kell Cowley wrote and illustrated her first novel age eight, telling the story of a runaway radish escaping from a salad bowl to explore the far reaches of the garden. She has been perplexing her friends and family with her weird stories ever since. She holds a BA in Performance Writing from the wildly experimental Dartington College of Arts, won a novelist’s apprenticeship with the ...more