This is an excellent first novel.
I'm not someone who would normally enthuse over a book, but Palmer has created a vivid vision of a future city, very different from our own society. His style and ideas are original and impressive, and his tale is told with an imaginative writing style.
The City is the last remaining outpost of "civilisation", on a world completely over-run with rampant vegetation.
Have you ever looked at a ruined building - how quickly nature takes it over, breaking down concrete with it roots and branches, eating walls with moss, bringing down roofs with ivy? This book turns this into a swift and horrific scenario.
The city is… Read more