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Above the Ether: A Novel

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A mesmerizing novel of unfolding dystopia amid the effects of climate change in a world very like our own, for readers of Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood.

In this prequel to Eric Barnes's acclaimed cli-fi novel The City Where We Once Lived, six sets of characters move through a landscape and a country just beginning to sho
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Arcade
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    Robyn
    Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    There are so many things I want to relay about Above the Ether by Eric Barnes, that I am not quite sure I can give this book the justice it deserves. Set in the near future, we are thrust into the lives of ordinary everyday people faced with a ravaging earth. There are some characters I can sympathize with while others not so much. A father tries to protect his children from the floods as they abandon their home looking for safety. A married couple suffering the devastating loss of both of their ...more
    Bandit
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoy dystopian genre, all these different ways to end the world as we know it. Climate is one way to go. Popular enough to command its own subgenre, climate related science fiction can be very compelling, possibly because it’s so tragically realistic. In this book the global warming is very real and it is devastating. Wild fires, raising waters (albeit not in a geographical proximity that would have been a practical solution to both), tsunamis, earthquakes, storms and so on. There is a city ( ...more
    Tonstant Weader
    Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Above the Ether takes place the day after tomorrow, or so it seems. An earthquake in the gulf at the same time as a hurricane creates an epic wave that devours the gulf coast. Never-ending fires render communities unlivable. Drought devastates farmland. Dandelions and mollusks and nature in general seems to have run amok. Eric Barnes describes a dystopic future that is only a tick of the clock from our present, a future where the climate catastrophe we have done little to avoid arrives. And yet, ...more
    Zeb Kantrowitz
    this is a non-formatted book that jumps from part of one story to another while there is no connection until the end of the story (if then). this is a world that has been destroyed by the deterioration of 'the city' because of the lack of jobs and the loss of production. more and more repairs public works were delayed as the roads, bridges,levees and canals began falling apart.

    Barnes inflicts his people with some bizarre ecological disasters, such as when one city is swallowed up by dandelions.
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    Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Above the Ether by Eric Barnes is a highly recommended prequel to his climate change science fiction novel The City Where We Once Lived.

    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 led to the wo
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    Anissa
    Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: readers of climate fiction & apocalyptic fiction
    To say that I'm a climate fiction fan never sounds quite right to me because they're usually disastrous human extinction events that completely untether modern civilizations and I find them fairly terrifying, but I am drawn to them. So when I saw this, I knew I needed to read it. I have to admit that it was actually hard to read quickly because it was so vivid even though the prose was stark. I'd never have expected that dandelions could be expressed as something so suffocating and relentless. I ...more
    Suzi McGhie
    Very choppy, convoluted, and depressing. Did not care for the style of writing. Jumbled descriptions of a cast of characters’ travels through a deteriorating climate.
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    Authors need to snare their reeders quickly or they are lost. I hate the word dystopian but that fits this work exactly. I could not get into this book because of its seemingly disjointed characters. I did not know where this was going and the author did not keep me interested enough to find out.
    Paul
    May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was OK. Much of it is in third person. The author obviously has talent and imagination. The story unfolded slowly and I was lost in the beginning more than I thought was necessary. I'm sure some reader will connect this more than I. 3.5 stars.

    I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
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    Eric Barnes is writer of the novels Above the Ether (Arcade Publishing, June 2019), The City Where We Once Lived (Arcade Publishing), Something Pretty, Something Beautiful (Outpost19) and Shimmer (Unbridled Books), an IndieNext Pick. He has published numerous short stories, and works as CEO of The Daily Memphian, host of Behind the Headlines, and publisher of a number of community newspapers.

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