The Hampshire Project:
“A dystopian sci-fi novel imagines a future New England crippled by pollution and under the control of ruthless corporate patriarchs.”
“If you are prone to believe that even severe climate change will be well managed, that future governments will calmly move cities inland, providing good jobs in construction and engaging our better selves, Kitty Beer will turn you inside out. The compelling, gutsy characters, the cults and marauding private armies, the Prudential Tower poking out of the Boston Sea and other vivid landscapes, are horribly credible. If Beer’s trilogy, set in the 2040s, 2060s, and continuing here in the 2080s with The Hampshire Project, can’t inspire you to action, nothing will.”
“Kitty Beer’s latest novel, The Hampshire Project, third in her Resilience trilogy, offers a foreboding, forbidding, vision of a future, post climate change New England. What was once the proud city of Boston is now underwater, victim of major rise in global sea level. Anarchy reigns. Fresh water is in short supply, available only to those who can afford to pay. Droughts, heat waves, violent storms and devastating tornadoes define the new normal. Could this be the future? Hopefully not. The Hampshire Project sounds a prescient warning though that the potential for disruptive change in future climate is real: it is not a hoax as some would suggest. Should The Hampshire Project raise public consciousness as to the need for action to address the climate issue, that would represent an important bonus. The book is a great read. I recommend it with enthusiasm and without qualification.”
“The Hampshire Project, the conclusion of Kitty Beer’s powerful trilogy of an environmentally dystopian future, is a wake-up call we owe to our great-grandchildren to heed. But beyond being a chillingly plausible vision of a ruined Earth, this is a tale told with subtlety and compassion. She offers fully formed characters who leap off the pages, by turns surprising us and angering us and eliciting our sympathy and understanding. In The Hampshire Project novelist Kitty Beer asks, and answers, the question that lies at the heart of all great fiction: How do we live in the world we have been given?”
260 pages, $18.95
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