Cli-Fi Novels You Need To Read

Bookpub’s top Cli-Fi novels that’ll open your mind about Climate Change!

BOTM – The Undercurrent by Michael Burnett

BookPub’s Book Of The Month is The Undercurrent! Seventeen-year-old Curtis Knight is the son of a wealthy casino owner, unhappy with his luxurious but empty existence and desperate to find some purpose to his life. But after a chance meeting with Yulia Sokolova, the daughter of a maverick oil baron with plans to exploit the untouched wealth trapped below the Arctic Ocean, his world is transformed almost beyond recognition.

The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is not released until 20.08.2020. However, BookPub managed to get an ARC. Lee’s best friend went missing on Bodmin Moor, four years ago. She and Mal were chasing rumours of monsters when they found something all too real. Now Mal is back, but where has she been, and who is she working for?

When government physicist Kay Amal Khan is attacked, the security services investigate. This leads MI5’s Julian Sabreur deep into terrifying new territory. He clashes with mysterious agents of an unknown power ­who may or may not be human. Julian’s only clue is some grainy footage showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.

We will review this once read but it sounds pretty epic!

Exhalation by Ted Chaing

Apparently, Barak Obama recommended this book in his 2019 Summer Reads collection!

In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.

The Time Machine by H.G Wells

the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century.

New York 2140 by Stanley Robinson

If you’ve seen Doomsday films, you won’t be afraid of this book. The way we look at it is if the iceberg melted and all disappeared then this is what to expect.

Interestingly, we came across Dan Bloom‘s Goodreads review on it: “It’s meant to be a near-fiction novel in the subgenre of cli-fi. It’s a series of interconnected narratives concerning the residents living in the year 2140 of the Met Life tower, a historic skyscraper converted into a co-op. Exploring this vastly changed cli-fi cityscape, where familiar streets are replaced by skybridges and subways by vaporettos, is great fun and makes for an entertaining read. You could call it a post-disaster fairy tale that’s light on plot and heavy on improbable coincidences but at the same time a thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a clear-eyed love for the city’s past, present, and future. It’s mere fiction, what some are calling scitainment, escapist storytelling with a leftwing hook”.

Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt, while brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

Apparently War Girls focuses on the Nigerian history. I guess you could say it’s a historical Cli-Fi.

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Attwood

Atwood described the novel as speculative fiction and adventure romance, rather than pure science fiction, because it does not deal with things “we can’t yet do or begin to do”. Yet it goes beyond the amount of realism being classed as a dystopian and nature of nature themed book.

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

Girl by Edna O’Brien

I was a girl once, but not any more . . .

A young woman, barely more than a girl herself, must learn to survive with a child of her own, in a world which seems entirely consumed by madness.

As she navigates a landscape of terrors and trials, can she find a place of safety within a society blinkered by mistrust and denial?

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