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The Impossible Resurrection of Grief

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  31 reviews

With the collapse of ecosystems and the extinction of species comes the Grief: an unstoppable melancholia that ends in suicide. When Ruby’s friend, mourning the loss of the Great Barrier Reef, succumbs to the Grief, the letters she leaves behind reveal the hidden world of the resurrected dead. The Tasmanian tiger, brought bac
Paperback, 82 pages
Expected publication: May 20th 2021 by Stelliform Press
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Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jaidee by: Marchpane
2.5 "embryonic, unfinished, tantalizing" stars !!

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and Steliform Press for an e-copy of this novella. This work will be released May 2021. I am providing my honest review.

Thank you to Marchpane whose review prompted my interest in reading this book.

This book is unfinished. The novella form is not well suited to this work. In this work lie so many interesting ideas about animal and plant extinction, environmentalism, art, love, friendship and ecology. The ideas
The Impossible Resurrection of Grief is a slim speculative fiction novella that takes the real phenomenon of eco-grief and amplifies it into a dementing contagion known as ‘The Grief’. Sufferers are afflicted with unbearable feelings of loss, guilt, and complicity, brought on by species extinction.

The Grief manifests in different ways: for most, it leads to bizarre behaviour and ultimately, suicide. A few are driven to try to recover the losses, either through de-extinction efforts (aka the
Kristen Shaw
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, cli-fi
This is a book unlike any other I have read. It is a concise shapeshifter of a story that pulled me in quickly and kept me engaged throughout.

Set in a near future world plagued by species extinction and climate change, the story follows Ruby, a scientist who works with jellyfish. The book deals with fraying relationships: the relationships between Ruby and the humans around her, but also the relationships between humans and ecosystems, humans and nonhuman animals. Humans are being affected by a
Ian Davis
Mar 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs

“Can you watch something die and let it die? The answer, too often, was yes.”

The Impossible Resurrection of Grief is a strange novella, that would be offensive if it weren’t gleaming with sharp truth.
While ultimately pessimistic, this story is so important, as it holds the reader accountable, causing them to be more introspective, opening up their eyes to things they have chosen to ignore.

This novella gazes unflinchingly at how humanity faces and more often chooses not to face, the bitte
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
“We weren’t thunderstorms, nor did we blunder about, blind as bacteria. We had the capacity for choice, and what we had chosen- what we continued to choose- was death.”

Today I finished #theimpossibleresurrectionofgrief by #octaviacade. This speculative dystopian eco-thriller is an eye opening read that everyone should be aware of.
Due to species and ecosystem extinction from climate change, humans are faced with “the Grief,” a physiological illness of overwhelming guilt and remorse for the compla
Darshayita Thakur
Mar 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
TW: Suicide, Mental health, Colonialism.

Octavia Cade likes using speculative fiction to talk about science in new and interesting ways, and this shows in her work.
The Grief is at large, more people are becoming afflicted with it. But what exactly is this Grief?
It is "the undermining up-welling of loss in response to ecosystem devastation, the failure of conservation"
No one knows how or why it strikes. "It wasn't the same for everyone. Some people didn't get it at all. Some people got it more tha
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A novella that explores a future where humans have basically destroyed the planet, leading to flooding and loss of wildlife, even down to extinction of species. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but once I started reading, I found myself sucked into this piece of speculative fiction, avoiding sleep until the last page.

We follow Ruby, an environmentalist and jellyfish expert, whose friend Marjorie (the Sea Witch) recently committed suicide. In this future people become ill with Grief, a pr
This short novella follows Ruby, a scientist, living in a time of Grief – when some are overwhelmed with a sense of loss and guilt for climate change and extinctions that ends in suicide. Ruby is always navigating her own susceptibility to it, and when her former colleague Marjorie is lost to Grief and leaves behind a mysterious stack of letters she begins to follow clues that lead her to several apparently ‘resurrected’ extinct species. However, these resurrections are anything but straightforw ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it
“The thing about Grief: once it comes it never leaves. The Grief is spiralling down and down into loss that can never be recovered, that will never lack culpability. It’s the guilt that makes it so devastating...and so profoundly destructive.”

Octavia Cade’s novella The Impossible Resurrection of Grief takes place in the near future and runs under the assumption that we have done nothing to combat climate change. It’s not necessarily post-apocalyptic, but more pre- or mid-apocalyptic. The world
Mar 26, 2021 rated it liked it
The Impossible Resurrection of Grief is the story of a not-too-distant future where we did little to respond to climate change. The consequence is a loss of many species and the human psychological response to that loss is in the form of Grief with a capital G. Those afflicted mourn the loss of a specific species, falling deeper until they commit suicide. I found the premise and story compelling.

The writing in this novella was excellent. At times, it read like a fairytale, but one with depth an
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
« Can you watch something die and let it die? »

A short novel with a strong message: the world around us is dying, and perhaps we should not just sit there and watch it die. There is clear scientific evidence today of climate change, warming oceans, and the extinction of many species from small corals to large mammals. This book takes place in the future when most species have already gone extinct and the world is afflicted with great sadness about it. Except, this future may not be as far as we
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Tw// suicide, self harm, depression

This was a very unique read. I’d never read something like this before and I appreciate the themes explored in this a lot, but at the same time the book simply wasn’t for me.

I’ll start with the good. The author has clearly done the required research and it shows in the writing. One of the most notable aspect was the handling of the Grief, the literary input regarding that, suicide, loneliness, depression, was put together really well and the focus on the enviro
Lorna Vivi
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This novella is the best text I have read so far this year, it is so unique and fantastical yet at the same time the themes it hits on are so relevant, and the Grief could easily become a reality, it has a depth and realness to it. The narrative explores the emotional and mental impact of full blown climate crisis/disaster on people, the depression, loss as well as the sense of guilt that our deep seated biophillia causes when we have to face what we've done to the planet and ourselves. However ...more
Lexi Denee
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
I just finished this novella with absolute chills.

*A huge thank you to Netgalley, Octavia Cade, and Stelliform Press for an eARC of this novella in exchange for honest feedback*

Octavia Cade has crafted an amazing story here in just 82 pages. Grief as an insidious, physical manifestation would be terrifying enough. To add in a completely ravaged world, wrought with extinction really took it to the next level.

This was not an easy story to read, but one that I feel people SHOULD read. It hits on th
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
🠖 2.5 stars

🠖 cw: (view spoiler)

while this short novella talks about an important topic, it didn't do as much as it could've done. it lacks in plot, as the book is essentially a bunch of scenes that are very loosely tied. the ending especially was very confusing and abrupt.

i did, however, found the book disturbing, since this could be our world in the near future. i loved the descriptions of grief and how the topics of depres
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2021
I was initially drawn to this book by the striking cover. Like many people I have a fascination for thylacines, the last known member of the species died in captivity in 1935. The black and white footage of this animal pacing around its enclosure is compelling and often when there’s talk of cloning extinct species, the thylacine is mentioned.
This brilliant novella is set in the nearish future. I was drawn into the story immediately and couldn’t it put it down, in fact It could’ve been longer for
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, arcs
An unsettling and beautifully written speculative fiction on climate change, grief, colonialism, greed and tech. This book grabbed me from the beginning with images of the ‘Sea Witch’ in an abandoned saltwater pool surrounded by plastic suffering from the ‘Grief’. The ‘Grief’ is a psychological illness that flourishes and evolves as everything else collapses; it is contagious and, sometimes, hard to spot. It usually ends in death. Not everyone reacts the same to every ecological death.

Through t
Chantal Lyons
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This story started out wonderfully. The author has clearly done her research, and the science felt far more mature and considered than a lot of what I've been finding in literary fiction of late. I could clearly see the scenes; the lake of golden jellyfish, the abandoned pool, the wilds of Tasmania.

Unfortunately, despite a growing sense of mystery and unease, the story did not deliver. I know it's unfashionable to deliver a clear-cut ending, but there's a difference between giving your reader so
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Climate crisis has reached the point at which only a few animals and plants are still in existence, and the humans responded with Grief, capital G. If you have it, you'll carry it with you the rest of your life. Nobody knows why some people get it and others don't.

The setting is creepy in this one-day-it-might-be-us way. In this short novella, the author explores the impact of thus big a change on the human min
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Set in a futuristic (but not unbelievable) world where climate change has decimated the Great Barrier Reef among other things and where humans are plagued by The Grief, this story is poignant and so very sad.

The Grief is an interesting plague as humans are finally aware of their part in destroying the earth and it’s creatures. The grief of all they have lost and miss eventually leads to suicide or worse as we find out later.

I’ve never read anything quite like this. The social commentary was rel
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Stelliform Press for the ARC

“Can you watch something die and let it die?”

I was, of course, drawn to this book by the cover like so many others. This was a fascinating read, albeit too short. The author turns Grief (capital G) into something more, something deeper than depression but often treated the same way (mostly by ignoring it). The book itself takes place in the not too distant future where climate change has become unignorable, and examines the consequences of o
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Can you watch something die and let it die?”

I was, of course, drawn to this book by the cover like so many others. This was a fascinating read, albeit too short. The author turns Grief (capital G) into something more, something deeper than depression but often treated the same way (mostly by ignoring it). The book itself takes place in the not too distant future where climate change has become unignorable, and examines the consequences of our ignorance now on our future. The fact that it was wr
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Still mulling this one over, a few days later. Above all I will say that this novella is beautifully imagined and written, tightly constructed, and it did draw me in from the beginning with the mystery of the “sea witch” character. I was fascinated by the primary speculative element in the world-building, which is a literal pandemic of “grief” as a terminal illness in response to the losses incurred by climate change. There were some moments of horror that I found wonderfully creepy, too. I was ...more
Darusha Wehm
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Impossible Resurrection of Grief is short enough to read in an afternoon but the ideas it explores will haunt you well after you’ve finished. An examination of the emotional resonance of extinction through well-wrought characters of depth and complexity, the book’s themes of connection and loss and the crushing burden of really caring are revealed by Cade’s signature lyrical prose in an all-too plausible near future. There are no easy answers to be found here, but Cade offers a glimpse towar ...more
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book.

This book deals with climate change and the extinction of species and the ecosystem. It’s a book that really takes a tough topic and asks important questions that really makes you as a reader THINK about the world around you.

I wish that this book was longer and that I had more time to spend in this world and with these characters. I would love to know more about the creations and specifically the Sea Witch.

The writing of this book is bea
Kee Hoo
Mar 19, 2021 rated it did not like it

The synopsis of the book seemed like it might be enjoyable. In reality, however, it was something that I was unable to get interested in. I tried many, many times. I always like to give a book every chance to succeed, before I give up on it. With this book, it was doubly sad, since it was only an 82-page novella.

I received a complimentary copy from #netgalley @netgalley of #theimpossibleresurrectionofgrief and was under no obligation to post a
Mar 21, 2021 rated it liked it
[3 Stars]

I’m not sure how I feel about this one if I’m being honest. I thought the premise was super interesting and there were some absolutely wonderfully lyrical lines about Grief and loss that really resonated with what we’re dealing with today. However, the plot and the meaning of it was a little lost on me. I’m unclear what truly when down at the end and also, to a lesser degree, with the people we met along the way. This definitely warrants a reread in the future
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A novella about a woman, Ruby, trying to come to grips with the suicide of her friend, Marjorie. I loved the wonderful descriptions of the animals, living and extinct, and learning about them. It made me ponder on the selfishness of humans while we disregard the smaller and more vulnerable beings... until it’s too late.

I also LOVE the book cover and want a physical copy!

Many thanks to the publisher, Stelliform Press, and the author for the ARC!
Liv the Jellyfish Queen
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favourites, rtc
Instant favourite, no questions asked. RTC when published

@Stelliform Press and NetGalley: Thank you so much for this ARC!
sera ✧˖*°࿐
Mar 11, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-tbr
arc received via netgalley
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