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Like those three dimensional objects that look entirely different depending on the angle from which you view them, this novel presents a number of faces. From one direction you will see a conventional adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in the American West. However, if you view the book a few steps to the north, you will see a novel that is more Margaret Atwood than ...more
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published April 12th 2019
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George
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I know the author, but I suppose that also means I know the terrain about which he writes. I mean the environmental as well as cultural terrain that informs his world. I have loved his previous novels and I am not sure I can say I have a favorite, but what makes this stand out is the book’s moral ambition and seriousness. It is a devastating critique of the roots of our climate crisis, using King Lear as his template, but in the process he re-envisions the play’s meaning as well as seeks to ...more
Rachel
This book shares many qualities with books I love. It has weird characters, including a retired demon and a newly conscious battle droid. It is lovingly set in the La Sals region, in a possible future where it is ravaged by the effects of global climate change. And since it was written by an ecologist, with notes from a conservationist, you know the science is good. The SF fan in me would have liked for more speculative science exploration. The plot is based on Shakespeare's King Lear and I ...more
BHodges
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peck has done it again. Another triumph of imagination, heart, and tragedy. Lengthier review to follow.
Anne
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, I didn't want to put this book down (and that's rare for me)! What an engagingly written novel. It's ecological literature, Mormon literature (sort of), and it's even an excellent Shakespeare retelling in its own right. I loved this, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Peck uses the structure of King Lear to construct a possible ecological and political future that is infinitely fascinating. The world he creates is rich and believable--which might be the scary part. It's a tragedy, but I
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Austin
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very entertaining and thought-provoking--a combination Peck has mastered, imo. I loved everything from the self-described omniscient narrator to the meditations on the sublime beauty of emergent phenomena in nature (even when humans have screwed nature up). And including Estonian refugees from climate change as minor characters won me over even more!

Look, you have to be ready to accept some weird stuff if you're going to read this book. I'd call it science fantasy. The main
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Emily
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wild, genre-bending book. The only thing that’s predictable about it is that (as the title suggests) it follows the contours of Shakespeare’s King Lear. And that is the only aspect of Peck’s novel that feels familiar. Beyond that device, every page is fresh departure from anything you could see coming. In this sense, the book is like Hayao Miyazaki’s *Spirited Away* where the viewer just cannot see what’s around the bend. It also reminded me a little of Frank Herbert’s classic *Dune* ...more
Betsy
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Peck is an impressive writer, incredibly creative and adept at his craft. His vocabulary is amazing, too; my Google Assistant was stumped when I asked it to define some of the words I didn’t know in this book. These things are still true in his latest offering--the creativity is entirely evident in a post-apocalyptic climate change scenario for his adaptation of King Lear, a demon omnisicent narrator, a sentient battle droid, and more than one transgenic animal species important to the plot.

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Will
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book could have done without the references to Mormonism. The rise of the machines isn’t encouraging or hopeful. Peck sees it as inevitable as well as the destruction of life by global warming.

I can’t decide whether I like the book or hate it, but it made me think.
Shelli
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another inventive, thought provoking, adventurous thrill ride from my friend Steve Peck! Brilliant!!!
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