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The 2084 Report: An Oral History of the Great Warming

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  586 ratings  ·  110 reviews
This vivid, terrifying, and galvanizing novel reveals our future world after previous generations failed to halt climate change—perfect for fans of The Drowned World and World War Z.

2084: Global warming has proven worse than even the direst predictions scientists had made at the turn of the century. No country—and no one—has remained unscathed. Through interviews with sci
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Atria Books (first published March 21st 2011)
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Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this is 5 stars I have to explain, because the quality of the book as a novel is mediocre at best. Like other reviewers stated before me, most of the voices of the interview partners who tell their tales in the various chapters feel the same, more like a summing up of facts than the voices of real people who had stuff happening to them. I was listening to the audio production and here this feeling is enhanced by rather monotone reading of some of the narrators (not all of them, mind).

But -
One word sums this book up: terrifying. TERRIFYING.

Written by geologist Dr James Lawrence Powell, this is a book of fiction, but reads as non-fiction. Set in the year 2084, it is an oral history of the devastation wreaked upon our planet by unchecked global warming. The narrator interviews different people in different areas of the world to see why we didn’t do enough to save our planet, what we could have done, and how global warming affected everyone, everywhere. The book is divided into diffe
Really scary what-if stories. Think World War Z except the bad guys are us and our refusal to do something to control global warming. Flood, famine, heat, disease and war are all results of the rising temperatures. Everyone should read this. Some of it has already happened.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This is probably a 4 or 4.5 star book for me, but I’m rounding it up because I don’t understand why it has such a low rating on Goodreads.

This is a fiction book written like a nonfiction book told through interviews. The author has degrees in geology and geochemistry. You can tell that he has done a lot of research and used his own expertise in crafting this book. In the note at the end he stated that all the data from 2019 and earlier is factual. He has extrapolated on that data to write this n
Donna Hines
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Vivid! Scary! Reality check!
It doesn't take science to understand global warming, natural disasters, and Earth as we know it has been steadily on the decline.
What's apparent is those who choose to ignore the signs present and those who do not!
What side of this debate you're on depends on many different things including location, intellect, and substance of reports.
Stemming from Northeastern Pa we had several individuals blow the whistle but I'm not sure if anyone truly listened.
Just in the past
Jessica Haider
3.5 stars

Fast forward to 2084. Global Warming has made a serious impact on life on Earth. In this work of fiction, we hear from numerous people from around the world to form an oral history of how climate change has effected things. Topics range from health impact, wars, lack of resources, species extinction and more. All of it is scary stuff yet not entirely unimaginable. The oral history tells of America become rule by a fascist "America First" party who works to remove all illegal aliens from
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Long story short, I was offered an e-galley copy to proof, but I have not yet heard back if it’s an actual galley copy or if Atria Books is looking to simply drum up buzz before it drops on 01 SEP. As it is, I give it 5 stars for content, and 2 stars for execution, with a mean of 3.5 stars, then rounded up because why not be generous.

I’ll explain. Powell takes the current scientific data, overwhelmingly knowledgeable about anthropogenic global warming (AGW), and gives us a projection of 2084 wi
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sobering account of what the future could look like if the world doesn't wake up and do something about global warming (especially the republicans in politics in the US, which is mentioned in the book). When people and corporations make decisions based on short-term profit, instead of long-term consequences, the situations in the book result.

These stories are told in a fashion similar to, "World War Z", with the author interviewing various people from around the world for first-ha
Jun 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after been drawn to dystopian near-futures by Paol Bacigalupi's The WindUp Girl and this book disappointed.

I rate this book so poorly because it sets out to present itself as an oral history collecting the real words of real people (albeit imagined) in the future, but, it reads instead like an extended essay listing cold facts and sometimes imaginative predictions. The book also suffers because the 'voices' of all the 'characters' are IDENTICAL. EVERY CHAPTER HAS THE SAME VOICE. It d
Lisa Konet
This was grim, scary and depressing AF and thank heavens it is a apocalyptic predictive fiction about the future of the planet, but it does and should scare everyone who reads it into action. Our current generation is already seeing effects of climate change from past generations and future generations have to live with a vastly changing Earth. I liked how the chapters were divided into different disasters and different sub-chapters delving deeper into catastrophe. The author obviously did a lot ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, cli-fi
I think the message of this book is super important. But the execution is lacking, which is why I ended up at 3-3.5 stars instead of more.

The author was going for a World War Z vibe but certainly it fell quite short of that. Each of the interviews with different people were in very similar voices, sometimes with the same turns of phrase. Sometimes they ended abruptly and/or felt incomplete.

I did think that it started getting stronger towards the end of the first section and later on into the boo
I had a lot of hope for this book, but it was extremely disappointing. It's a fantastic idea, but it was handled poorly. Each "interviewee's" story is exactly the same and told in exactly the same voice. It reads like a collection of essays, not a collection of varied people's stories. Although I am on the same page as the author, I found myself resenting how heavy-handed and obvious the agenda is. This would have been much better to be published as a non-fiction collection of essays illustratin ...more
A nice idea perhaps but not so well executed. It is supposed to be a future oral history of a severely changed climate world. Many different people are giving an oral history. The problem is that they all have the same sounding narrative voice.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
The conceit of The 2084 Report is that it’s a fictional missive from the future, a collection of interviews transcribed to form an oral history archive. When I think of oral history, the most memorable archives I have witnessed are those that are able to preserve the sounds of the voices represented, and for that reason I wonder if this book might be more compelling in audiobook format, preferably with each character read by a different actor. There was another flattening effect in the text as w ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fictional oral history conducted in year 2084, based on real life science. Recounting what global warming has affected people all over the world. Water and food shortage, drought, sea level rising, nations going to war fighting for recourses... The US invaded and took over Canada, Iceland has become a province of China, billions of animal species extinct and that people can no longer have pets. In the author's note, "People have asked me, is this book fiction or non-fiction? And i say that, It's ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting, unable to stop reading. The oral history approach that worked so well for World War Z works here too, although these horrors are all too plausible in a world that is careening toward catastrophe. We have to force or governments to adopt and enforce carbon neutral goals before it is too late.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A frightening eye opener that closely acknowledges the effects that global warming has had on the world and where we may stand in the years to come. It shocks you into actually wanting to do something to commit to change and elect officials that will enforce the laws that need to save our planet.
Fredrick Danysh
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: political, science
A novel about climate change and its consequences. Written as a series of essays set in 2024. Some of the issues address are water, temperature, and human migration. This was a free review copy through
Lilli Leight
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The 2084 Report is terrifying. It’s a fictional book that reads like non-fiction about global warming and climate change.

Told through oral history, the narrator interviews officials, scientists, and leaders from around the world, each depicting a different part of climate change and essentially what people could’ve done to stop it. The one question that kept popping up was, why didn’t anyone do anything?

The world described in the books seems both foreign and not so far away.

A lot of this book ra
Kyle O’Keefe
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Oh man. I was so excited for this book, but I was really let down. World War Z is an old favorite of mine, specifically because it feels so authentic as an oral history of events that feel believable due to the writing. I hoped that this one would be similarly powerful, but I was disappointed. I knew from the start that the size of the book would probably be a problem for me- a 220 page book doesn’t seem like the appropriate length for something so ambitious in scope. More importantly though, we ...more
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance reading copy of this important work.

Dr. Powell brings the experience and understanding of a scientist to this speculative account of what is to come for many of us over the next several decades of global climate change. This work is frightening, at times terrifying, and acutely necessary if we are to organize and actually do something, anything at all, to avert the disaster that our future is shaping up to become. "The 2084 Report" is sim
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The scariest part about this book is that it all seems very realistic and will probably come true.
The book is similar to Max Brook's World War Z. It is a series of interviews looking back from the year 2084 to our time, when we pushed the ecological balance of this planet over the edge.
In the interviews the author brings up many interesting points that at least I hadn't thought of before. The book makes a very good point about how interconnected everything is. Throw something out of balance over
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A frightening depiction of what could potentially come through the effects of global climate change if humanity continues to push the envelope on CO2 emissions and abuse its precious, and limited, resources. Many may deem this brief glance into the future through the eyes of a host of world leaders and citizens of 2080s as overly pessimistic, but the reasoning is sound and it's better to be safe than sorry! Perhaps people should read this, and take it very seriously. I enjoyed the author's varie ...more
Anders R
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some books are rather strange to give a rating to. Well, I suppose most books share that distinction. Treating a book like an Uber ride feels unsavory, reductive. Of course, I'll still play the game and give a rating. Perhaps, I've simply accepted it as given, a standard practice that I alone simply can't change.

Why do I bring this up for "The 2084 Report"? The book technically falls under the genre of fiction. It's marketed up front as a novel sharing the oral history of the Great Warming (nee
Lisa Wojcik
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This book wasn't quite everything I hoped it would be, but I still found myself thoroughly engrossed in it.

The biggest disappointment was perhaps that it had been put to me as similar to World War Z in how the story would be told (obviously i realize that the subject matter is vastly different) which I adored. While it's true that this book is also an oral history, it was much drier and less exciting, in the telling of its message. This is perhaps because we're looking at the real science behind
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
What is the genre of book which is dystopian but also realistic? Is there a dystopian realism category? If so, The 2084 Report fits snugly into this new, and possibly extendable genre of book- think dystopian terrifying realism, dystopian nightmarish realism, dystopian reality realism.

This book is a fictional non-fiction account of the state of the Earth in 2084. The full title is The 2084 Report: an Oral History of The Great Warming. Its told from multiple perspectives in an interview style whi
Lynda Huffman
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The book opens with the question, “Those of us alive today are haunted by the question of why, back in the first few decades of this century, before time had run out, people did not act to at least slow global warming..,.surely our grandparents’ generation had a good reason for letting this happen to us - what was it?”

Through interviews with historians, scientists and educators in the year 2084, it attempts to answer that question as they tell the history of the devastation of global warming.
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Astrid Paramita
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book of fiction, written by Dr. James Lawrence Powell, reads as though it is a work of non-fictions. Taking place in 2084, is an oral history of the great warming and devastation destroying Earth. Different people from different places of the Earth are interviewed by the narrator to understand and explain how the people of Earth did not do everything in their power to save the planet, what should have been done, and how global warming is effecting everyone and everything through
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Dr. James L. Powell graduated from Berea College with a degree in Geology. He holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught Geology at Oberlin College for over 20 years.

He served as Acting President of Oberlin, President of Franklin and Marshall College, President of Reed College, President of the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, and Pres

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