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From the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author, a dystopian novel of oppression set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life, a finalist for the Kitschies award and Philip K. Dick Award.

Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he
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Tucker
Oct 12, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read  ·  review of another edition

Many thanks to Wunderkid PR for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Fanna
Jul 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm ready to read any dystopian novel that takes climate change into account.
Jennifer
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Man, did I have a hard time with this book. I started out really enjoying it, and I think that was the problem. If I just hated it from the get-go, when it started to go in strange directions that I didn't enjoy I would have just written off the whole experience and quit reading. Instead, I got really frustrated that I wasn't able to follow the story I became invested in.

Ultimately, for me, reading this book was like trying to view a really beautiful painting at a museum but having your view
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Matthew Lloyd
Twelve-year old Caleb left Spain with his mother during the wildfires, heading for Manchester, England, following his father. Caleb made it, alone, but was discovered along the way by Skylark, who insisted that he would be better off avoiding the legally sanctioned route that would lead him into indentured servitude. Instead, he works for Ma Lexie, part of a family working in clothing recycling who puts Caleb to work sewing restyled fashion in an enclave near Manchester. As much as he enjoys the ...more
Suncerae
Twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother on the way to England as they flee the drought and wildfires of southern Europe. Outside Manchester, Caleb is picked up by traffickers, but lands an easy job making bespoke clothing items for a woman who seems kind. But after she hits him, Caleb takes another opportunity to escape. He hides in the woods, finds another work situation, then escapes again. He remains optimistic, learning new trades, deciding to put his trust in only a few adults. ...more
Morgane Krauth
Thank you to NetGalley and 47North for providing me with an ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Though I did enjoy this book quite a bit, some things really bothered me.

First of all, this book is told from multiple perspectives but we do have a main character that we see more than the others : that did not work for me. Though I understand the choice as it allowed the reader to get more info about the world the book is set in that our mc doesn't know, a lot of it seemed
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Jessica Gilmore
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
At some point in the future, maybe a decade, maybe a century, an indentured illegal refugee Caleb is sewing shirts up on the rooftop of an apartment building in an Enclave - part slum, part suburb ringing aa wealthier city, housing people who are not quite desirable, people who have chosen to not, or not been allowed, to be microchipped with a chip which makes them better citizens, suppressing the urges which make them wasteful and unpredictable members of society. Caleb has come from Spain, a ...more
Matt
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, I am a massive dystopian novel lover and always have been. I love the many different approaches that folks take, and they often are extremely timely for what is happening in the world.

This story takes place in England after what seems like a major climate crisis throughout Europe. It follows the main character, Caleb, and his journey from refugee to human trafficking to escapee, etc. and the many folks he meets
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Elle
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
From netgalley - quick review for the moment:

* was intrigued by the climate change angle so picked it up
* not YA - you don't get the close relationship with the narrator typical of YA, and the narrator is 12 for most of the book
* super depressing...moral of the story seems to be that (view spoiler)
* depressing books are okay but I wasn't connected with the character. Sure, I felt fear for him at acutely scary
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Cullen
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This was a pleasant surprise, as I've never heard of this author before and I picked it up on a whim from a NetGalley offer.

I would describe this as speculative fiction. It feels like it could take place anywhere from ten to fifty years in the future, as climate change accelerates northward European migration and countries such as France have to adjust and react. There are a few tech advances described although the story would probably stand up without them.

Each chapter is from the
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Siobhán
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free book.*

Even though the setting sounds interesting (climate refugees from Southern Europe), vineyards all over England/Wales, human trafficking & exploitation, but the execution was just weird. It lacked world building most of all and then a coherent story with meaningful characters. The story just didn't make sense for me and I was a bit mad after many characters were introduced and then a shift of time and
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Kendra
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great YA book about child trafficking and immigration. Told through various viewpoints, including those of the child immigrant who is trafficked for manual labor, those who profit from his work, those who seek to stop trafficking, and others, the novel is set in a dystopian England where the poor are shuttered into enclaves, where cheap labor is used for all sorts of industry and business. After escaping from one abusive and exploitative situation, the primary protagonist seeks out ...more
Lianne
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction novels tend to be a platform for exploring current sociopolitical and environmental issues and envisioning a prescient glimpse of possible futures. Anne Charnock’s novella Bridge 108 predicts a twenty-first century where climate change has had devastating effects. Wildfires and water shortages in southern Europe have caused mass migration from the Mediterranean rim. The engrossing dystopian story follows twelve-year-old Caleb journey as well as the perspective of the other ...more
Joann
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read for me. It falls in the YA Dystopian category and involves child trafficking for work in a world that is not too far off to imagine. I liked that the reason the world has changed in this book was due to climate change. Very timely and poignant.
This was a quick read, told from various points of view, and with a moving ending - albeit not super uplifting.
I would have loved if the investigator Jerome had more book time, as well as Ma Lexie to learn about her
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Tfalcone
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. Interesting take on dystopia here. Caleb comes from somewhere south of Spain and is a refugee in England. He was separated from his family and is surviving by sewing shirts. He eventually surrenders to authorities and becomes part of an indenture system. The genius here is that it could be right after Brexxit or a hundred years from now, nothing is so different, but just enough.
Jody
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The world is a complex place, and a complex tale with complex themes told from multiple perspectives can be hard to follow. Dystopian novels add another layer of complexity as the world they are in is not our own and filling in the blanks is that much harder.
The story is solid,but finding it and keeping it together takes effort.
Paul
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very talented author. Bridge 108 may not be her best work, but don't let that stop you from picking it up. This is solid. Well-written characters and an interesting plot make it worth your time if you're a dystopian scifi (YA) fan.

I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
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Anne Charnock's latest novel, DREAMS BEFORE THE START OF TIME, is the winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was shortlisted for the BSFA 2017 Best Novel Award. Her novella THE ENCLAVE has won the BSFA 2017 Best Short Fiction Award. This novella is written in the same world as her debut novel, A CALCULATED LIFE, which was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and The Kitschies Golden ...more
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