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City of Glass by Milo James Fowler
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“The City of Glass” is the third and final installment in Milo James Fowler's trilogy, “Spirits of the Earth.” The series title is a reference to the unleashing of the animal kingdom's spirits after a post-nuclear/chemical holocaust which destroys all plant and animal life (at least in the North American sector). There are, however, surviving domed cities of glass across the ocean, nestled along the shores of the Mediterranean.

And there are still human inhabitants in North America, but they have been sheltered in underground bunkers for twenty years, awaiting the “All Clear” signal so that they can emerge and repopulate the earth and build a new society. When the humans do emerge, they find nothing but devastation. But those who are exposed to the ‘toxic’ dust of the land are imbued with supernatural abilities – thanks to the animal/earth spirits, which (some at least) seek to help humanity survive.

In this series, Fowler tells the stories of a handful of survivors, some of whom are the only ones who can produce children. In book two, twenty children (as stolen embryos) have been taken to the domed cities across the ocean, cities that survived the apocalypse but whose people are sterile. The Twenty, as these offspring are known, are now twenty years old and a mad scientist has plans for their future (because they too exhibit supernatural powers).

In this last installment of the “Spirits of the Earth,” the main players of books one and two set out from their dead continent on a quest to reunite with their offspring. With the help of a rogue military unit that has been sent to the North America to scavenge all they can for the City of Glass, our heroes make it to New Europe and the tense and exciting adventure of discovery begins once more.

Each book in this series has a nice, overall story arc, but of course, they belong together and should be read in order. Fowler’s story telling technique is strong – although his use of various time-frames to advance the narrative takes some getting used to. One chapter, for example is two years after “All Clear,” and the next chapter might be twenty years after “All Clear.”

But other than that quibble, I found this final wrap up novel quite compelling and satisfying. With each novel at about 400 pages, the reader can really get to know the characters and thus builds an emotional stake in their future. You will not be disappointed. Though there is tragedy along the way (especially in book two), the drive to survive is strong and pushes the story to a fulfilling conclusion. 4.5 Stars for this book and for the series as a whole. Recommended reading for any who enjoy post-apocalyptic thrillers.

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Reading Progress

August 17, 2020 – Started Reading
August 17, 2020 – Shelved
August 24, 2020 –
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September 28, 2020 – Shelved as: ebook
October 8, 2020 – Finished Reading

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