Why did I love this book?
Dystopian novels are often bleak but this ‘cli-fi’ book, recommended by the likes of Barack Obama and Bill Gates, offers possible pathways through an impending climate catastrophe. This novel is science fiction that is heavy on the science. The story imagines a Ministry for the Future that holds future generations’ rights as important as the current generation’s and launches initiatives—from a ‘carbon coin’ currency to geoengineering to prevent glaciers from melting in Antarctica. There are two protagonists—Mary, who heads the ministry, and Frank, an aid worker traumatized by deadly heat waves. It’s an epic and intricate story, and author Kim Stanley Robinson has a peerless track record in climate fiction, previously writing a trilogy on colonizing Mars.