A tale that mostly succeeds in fictionalizing the last 30 years of climate change’s effects.



Four friends attempt to save the world in this environmentally themed thriller.

Earth’s biosphere is in a death spiral, and things are about to get worse. This is especially frustrating to those who have worked for years to attempt to convince recalcitrant humanity of the need to change its practices. Beginning in the late 1990s, four idealistic young people set out to do just that: save the world from the looming threat of climate change. The four met at Cambridge University: Sagan Cleveland, an atmospheric chemistry student from inner-city Detroit; Ebitsubo Jiro, an international business law student from Fukushima, Japan; Jenny Fung, an engineering student from Malaysia; and Simone Cohen, a Canadian journalist studying international relations. The next decade proves a highly educational one even as it takes them each to different places around the world. Another decade introduces new struggles: Nuclear disasters, new technologies, coverups, and corporate greed challenge the endurance—and friendships—of the four. Like everyone else, Sagan and the others live through climate-spurred social upheavals that alter humanity’s relationship with Earth. But, with the inaction of the masses, will they be able to find a way to do something about climate change before it’s too late? Chernushenko’s (Sustainable Sports Management, 2001, etc.) prose is smooth even as he litters it with exposition regarding both the plot and the real crises facing humanity: “In place of fees,” Simone’s “share from book sales could be given to charity….‘I’ll split it between Puerto Rico hurricane victims and California forest fire crews!’ ” The timely novel has a Michener-ian heft to it (the book is 666 pages), and Chernushenko takes a largely effective kitchen sink approach to dramatizing climate activism in the form of his four heroes. But he does that at the expense of some verisimilitude—readers will never truly forget that this is a highly didactic work meant to educate them about the environment—and for this reason, it isn’t as thrilling a piece of fiction as it could be. The book tries to be as big as the problems it tackles, but one can’t help but wonder if a smaller, specialized story would not serve as a more poignant educational tool.

A tale that mostly succeeds in fictionalizing the last 30 years of climate change’s effects.

Pub Date: May 3, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-9991138-0-3

Page Count: 670

Publisher: Green & Gold Inc.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 11, 2020

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A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.


In Walsh’s American debut, a woman desperately tries to find out why the man she spent a whirlwind week with never called.

Sarah has just separated from her American husband and is visiting her hometown in England when she meets Eddie. He’s kind and charming, and although they only spend one week together, she falls in love. When he has to leave for a trip, she knows they’ll keep in touch—they’re already making plans for the rest of their lives. But then Eddie never calls, and Sarah’s increasingly frantic efforts to contact him are fruitless. Is he hurt? Is he dead? As her friends tell her, there’s a far greater likelihood that he’s just blowing her off—she’s been ghosted. After trying to track Eddie down at a football game, Sarah starts to become ashamed of herself—after all, she’s almost 40 years old and she’s essentially stalking a man who never called her. But as Sarah slowly learns, she and Eddie didn’t actually meet randomly—they both have a connection to an accident that happened years ago, and it may have something to do with why he disappeared. The tension quickly amps up as the secrets of Eddie’s and Sarah’s pasts are revealed, and the truth behind their connection is genuinely surprising and heartbreaking. The barriers between Sarah and Eddie seem insurmountable at times, and although their issues are resolved in a tidy manner, the emotions behind their actions are always believable. Walsh has created a deeply moving romance with an intriguing mystery and a touching portrait of grief at its heart.

A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

Pub Date: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-525-52277-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Pamela Dorman/Viking

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

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A withdrawn graduate student embarks on an epic quest to restore balance to the world in this long-anticipated follow-up to The Night Circus (2011).

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a typical millennial introvert; he likes video games, escapist reading, and drinking sidecars. But when he recognizes himself in the pages of a mysterious book from the university library, he's unnerved—and determined to uncover the truth. What begins as a journey for answers turns into something much bigger, and Zachary must decide whether to trust the handsome stranger he meets at a highflying literary fundraiser in New York or to retreat back to his thesis and forget the whole affair. In a high-wire feat of metatextual derring-do, Morgenstern weaves Zachary's adventure into a stunning array of linked fables, myths, and origin stories. There are pirates and weary travelers, painters who can see the future, lovers torn asunder, a menacing Owl King, and safe harbors for all the stories of the world, far below the Earth on the golden shores of a Starless Sea. Clocking in at more than 500 pages, the novel requires patience as Morgenstern puts all the pieces in place, but it is exquisitely pleasurable to watch the gears of this epic fantasy turn once they're set in motion. As in The Night Circus, Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail, right down to the ballroom stairs "festooned with lanterns and garlands of paper dipped in gold" or a cloak carved from ice with "ships and sailors and sea monsters...lost in the drifting snow." This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call.

An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-385-54121-3

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Aug. 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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