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432 pages, Hardcover
First published February 4, 2020
She could stay on the rig, studying the currents and the paths of the few whales left, and let this episode fade from her memory. She could still do it. This was her last chance.The Last Day is set in 2059, 30 years after the Earth stopped spinning (there were sciencey reasons). Half the world, including most of America, was stranded in perpetual darkness on the Coldside, while the other half on the Warmside is locked in perpetual sunlight. Britain is lucky enough to be one of twenty or so Goldilocks Zones around the fringe of the Warmside: warm enough to raise crops and be habitable without being scorched.
And then she recalled the face of the boy in the shambling column. And the policeman outside Thorne’s burgled house, and … Thorne’s words to her as he lay in bed. You always wanted the truth. Only the truth. And she realized he had been right.
“I always think it must have been better to be Cain than Adam. No memory of paradise. Just yourself and the new state of affairs.”