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Above the Ether : A Novel, Hardback Book

Above the Ether : A Novel Hardback


A mesmerizing novel of unfolding dystopia amid the effects of climate change in a world very like our own, for readers of Emily St.

John Mandel's Station Eleven and Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood. In this prequel to Eric Barnes's acclaimed cli-fi novel The City Where We Once Lived, six sets of characters move through a landscape and a country just beginning to show the signs of cataclysmic change.

A father and his young children fleeing a tsunami after a massive earthquake in the Gulf.

A woman and her husband punishing themselves without relent for the loss of both their sons to addiction, while wildfires slowly burn closer to their family home.

A brilliant investor, assessing opportunity in the risk to crops, homes, cities, industries, and infrastructure, working in the silent comfort of her office sixty floors up in the scorching air.

A doctor and his wife stuck in a refugee camp for immigrants somewhere in a southern desert.

Two young men working the rides for a roadside carnival, one escaping a brutal past, the other a racist present.

The manager of a chain of nondescript fast-food restaurants in a city ravaged by the relentless wind.. While every night the news alternates images of tsunami destruction with the baseball scores, the characters converge on a city where the forces of change have already broken-a city half abandoned, with one part left to be scavenged as the levee system protecting it slowly fails-until, in their vehicles on the highway that runs through it, they witness the approach of what looks to be just one more violent storm.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781628729986



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