This is an excellent novel. Brilliantly told and full of humour and pathos, dealing with grand themes on a localised level. The story, a familiar one, concerns survival in a post-apocalyptic existence where all living matter has ceased (rather than died), nothing decays and the only survivors are the ones who were in aircraft at the time 'The Event' happened. The resulting narrative goes through the various survival modes, but the attention to detail is wonderful - often startling in its clarity, as if the author had travelled forward in time to experience it first time and this is merely a report back.
I was reminded of Christopher Priest's Fugue for a Darkening Island, as well as PD James' Children of Men (and Alfonso Cuaron's excellent film version) and in the latter half, JG Ballards masterful tale of post-apoc madness The Drowned World. And yet Ice and Lemon cuts a fresh path away from all of these influences, and roots itself firmly in the well-sketched plethora of characters as well as vividly-realised landscape of North West England, particularly the suburbs of Preston and wind farm of Caton Moor.
There are profound leaps of imagination also especially towards the curious ending, as well as some joyful playing with theological themes all the way to the beguiling appearances of both God and Lucifer, two more figures trying to carve their existence into this grave new world.
A highly recommended read.