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The 2084 Report: An Oral History of the Great Warming

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  66 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
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Atria Books (first published March 21st 2011)
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Gabi
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 -
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Jade
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
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Christa
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.
Donna Hines
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Diogenes
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joanne
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
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Ben
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
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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
Rob
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.
Jacintta
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
Joe
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kari
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Goodreads.com.
Theo
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Matthew
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Preeti
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Arnold
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
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Regina
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
Lauren1012
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
Anders R
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jade
Magnificent!
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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Incredible  Opinions
How long are we going to ignore the elephant in the room? The climate change and its destruction to our planet as of now is something we know it exists, but we are not doing much to avoid it.

Powell writes a whole book on this theme, giving us an insight into how our world is going to look like in 2084. It does seem that a lot of research and hard work is involved in writing such a factual and thought-provoking book.

I like the categorization of the book into different sections of effects global
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Stacy
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟖𝟒 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 by James Lawrence Powell. Thanks to @atriabooks and @netgalley for the e-arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

It’s 2084 and global warming has destroyed our planet. This book is a report to show what happened and what could have been avoided, and how. ⁣

Each chapter of this book is an interview with a different individual affected by the changes in the world due to global warming. It is short and easy to read. Readers may became bored with parts, but it’s easy to skim and find the chapters that one is in
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Shaelene (aGirlWithBookss)
This book is more terrifying than any horror novel you will ever read, its so close to what could very plausibly happen, and it's scary as hell!

We follow the narration of a few different climate scientists as they detail the events that have happened in different places all over the world. From the rising sea, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, drought, food sacristy, water sacristy, housing crisis, wars, fascism, refugees, disease, and everything else horrible that could happen- all of this is a
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Kathleen
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A powerful novel __ from the melting cover to the year in which it is set. (2084 is 100 years after the dystopian novel 1984, and a fair number of Milennials and Gen Zs will be alive to witness the effects of climate change in that year.). Furthermore, the claim by interviewees in this book that the 2020s were the critical decade/last chance to gain control make this novel a strong call to action.

The argument that the expansion of nuclear power production to cut fossil fuel emissions is the most
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Dawn
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was an interesting read. It's shocking, disturbing, frightening - and all the other things the author clearly intended it to be... right up until the last part, where it felt like a pamphlet on the pros of nuclear power (which really seemed to jar with the rest of the book). "The 2084 Report" should probably be required reading as there is a lot to think about here. And we need to start thinking, and acting, as soon as possible. Over-all, a very good fictionalised non-fiction book.

My thanks
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Bill
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sobering and depressing, but also usefully thought-provoking

This work of fiction is a speculative “future history” of what the next few decades could be like if we as a species continue our destructive ways. (One scary recognition is that many of the dire consequences projected here are already in progress.) I would like to have seen an appendix with “What We Can Do” today, steps we can take, to forestall or prevent these predicted outcomes. I realize those resources or programs are identified
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Nancy
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brings the point home

This book takes the form of interviews with world leaders, scientists, and humanitarians in the last years of the 21st Century. Each account deals with the tragic effects of global warming in various global locations. It is well-rooted in science and history; this is not a “dystopian novel”, but a well-reasoned projection into the near future if we continue in our reckless path.
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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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