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Jeff VanderMeerIn Marcel Theroux's postcollapse novel, Far North, global warming has reduced civilization to largely pre-industrial levels of technology and made sparsely populated areas like the Siberian tundra safer than lawless cities. There's a satisfying sadness and finality to Theroux's vision, but the story's true power comes from the hard-won victories of its remarkable narrator, Makepeace. "A person is always better than a book," Makepeace claims, and the novel's enduring achievement is to give us a protagonist who lives up to that claim.
—The New York Times