- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1057 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (19 Oct. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M657AAZ
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- Customer reviews: 50 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is one of the best post-climate change novels yet written - and one of McAuley's best books. (SFX MAGAZINE)
A chase thriller set in late 21st-century Antarctica that combines elements of Jack London,J.G. Ballard and William Gibson. A significant contribution to writing about the anthropocene. (THE ECONOMIST)
McAuley is a nature poet of imaginary lands . (LOCUS)
A haunting and engaging piece of science fiction that is every bit as good a piece of writing as the best literary fiction. (POPULAR SCIENCE)
Austral combines a solid science scenario with a taught thriller in an all too plausible future. For an SF reader, or indeed any reader that considers matters beyond the day after tomorrow, what is there not to like? (CONCATENATION)
Austral is a beautifully written novel, which portrays in stark and stunning terms the new frontier of Antarctica. (FOR WINTERS NIGHTS)
Deeply sad and tender. (James Bradley, author of Clade)
An exquisite human story set on an undiscovered continent of our near future.
Austral may be McAuley's best yet. And the best near-future novel yet written.
Paul McAuley has quickened science fiction. The future has changed.
The excitement of a new country appearing right here on Earth, a real possibility that is quite fascinating in itself, is doubled down here by way of a thrilling kidnap-and-rescue plot that ranges across this beautiful new landscape, showing how we will soon be not only terraforming Earth, but finding new ways to take care of each other. It's a vivid example of science fiction at its best. (Kim Stanley Robinson, author of RED MARS) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Sounds great! So why'd I give up after 37%?
Put simply, it's because McAuley couldn't keep his politics out of his work. He took it upon himself to wheel out tired, boring, borderline racist strawmen, presumably with the assumption that his readers agreed.
No, thanks. Not for me.
I read this book in one go, it's quite short, but utterly gripping.
As a musing on a possible future for Antarctica, it's thought provoking as all the authors works have been.
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I love the new subgenre "Climate Fiction" (check out Kim Stanley Robbinson's "New York 2140"!). Here, it offers a great insight into social disparity and the fight of an often naive and thus quite lovable heroine. Set in a world changed by risen oceans and such, stir in some action/thriller elements, it was on of the nicer books recently. Don't expect high literature, though, the prose is starightforward, which works just fine for me though.
Au final, je me suis ennuyé à finir un roman qui pourtant commençait plutôt bien. Son seul intérêt est le décor, à savoir une Péninsule Antarctique écologiquement transformée. Il y a pourtant de très bonnes choses, notamment un style d’écriture efficace et agréable, de bonnes idées comme ces humains édités que sont les huskys, mais aussi un mélange de hautes technologies et de survie en milieu hostile. Mais tout ceci est utilisé dans une histoire qui manque singulièrement d’intérêt.
Vous pouvez retrouver une critique plus complète sur mon blog (lien dans le profil).
However, the author falls absolutely flat when it comes to characters. The characters are very thin. They have no real personality. The kidnapped teenager is a kidnapped teenager. The crime lord is a crime lord. The authors does not appear to have learned about "show don't tell".
The story itself is okay, but only because the author realizes by itself it would be pretty dry, so inserts numerous chapters where he just cuts in other stories. Supposedly these are narrated by the main protagonist, but really, they are just completely separate stories injected to add more color to the story. Admitedly, it works: but if the main story was actually interesting, this technique would not have been necessary.
So overall: a pretty mediocre novel, but you may enjoy it if you are craving frozen craggy landscapes.
Skillfully crafted story: eco-fiction, sci fi and literary fiction.
This is a story of a particular young woman, Austral Morales Ferrado, and it is also the story of her family, of ecopoets, and their role in creating new biomes or ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions in the Antarctic as sea levels rise, and the glaciers retreat.
Austral lives in a time when the Antarctic is becoming more industrialized. The original ecopoets find themselves pushed into the background. Petroleum industries, mining, fishing, and urbanization dominate.
Austral is determined to live as other humans, and not be treated like a monster, a second class citizen. She is a 'husky': a human "edited" or genetically adapted to survive in the Antarctica's frigid and harsh environment.
Throughout the novel, McAuley describes in vivid prose, Antarctica's wilderness, the geographical, and ecological changes, and he keeps this tightly connected to Austral's own struggles and determination to survive.
Probably intended as a series but not well planned. I won't buy any more even if it is a series.
Good but dependent on one environment as a character. Became a little onerous. Overall captivating. Some trouble with geography.
Wear a Parker while reading.