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Clade by James Bradley
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I welcomed the fact that Bradley had written a book with climate change featuring in it but although I agreed with his postulation of dramatic changes to our lives and could totally sympathise with Adam’s frustration at people doing nothing about it, I felt that Bradley pushed his vision of a calamitous world at the expense of his characterisation which seemed flat, almost perfunctory to me at times. This is partly because of his jumps in time corresponding to jumps in point of view. In his novel ‘The Resurrectionist’ he made a large jump in time too – and I felt it had the same diminishing effect.

I also felt he tried to pack too much into this – not just the effects of climate change which I think he didn’t make cataclysmic enough – people just kept on with their lives and careers – but he brought in other ideas too such as autism, illegal immigration, ex-terrestrial life and virtual humans to name some of them. In brief, it was a book of ideas which needed the human element in order to engage the reader. To me it was all a little simplistic, especially in its hopeful ending. Climate change will lead to such social upheaval as a result of crop failure and subsequent starvation that conflict will finish us off if nothing else does before that. Bradley suggesting it’s not an end but a beginning gives false hope and sentimentalises an ending that should have had more impact. ( )
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