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How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu is an adult

Not so far in the future, the planet is warming and scientists are desperate to find a way to slow global warming. But when scientists discover an ancient body with impossible architecture surrounding it, they unknowingly let loose a plague that could destroy all of humanity.

And so the story progresses, intertwining the lives of those hit by the plague, what they do to cope and how they fight back in their own ways.

When all of humanity is at risk, will the world step up and find the compassion to care for those in need?

God this was depressing. Like seriously, depressing. Anyone who is still highly sensitive to the going ons of the pandemic and down with the state of the world... maybe should steer clear of this one for a while. Amazon has this labeled as humorous or satirical science fiction and I just don't get it. The book make me cringe with--until the end--how plausible it could be if the situation was just right.

Now, don't get me wrong, I agree that it was masterfully written and I can see the comparisons some are making to Cloud Atlas and Station Eleven. The way the narratives weave together was extremely well done and I think it would be even more so, if you were to give the book a second read, knowing what you do by the end. There's also this sense of hope in humanities drive to persevere, which is compelling. So, in that sense, How High We Go in the Dark was successful.

I don't know if I just wasn't in the mindset to read this book, but I was very grateful to finish and move on to something lighter. I may be in the minority here, but I have to give this book three stars.

That's all for now!


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