Clara Hume’s speculative fiction, Back to the Garden, is told from the perspective of a group of “tipping point” survivors–a generation of mountain folks who have experienced the collapse of late-stage capitalism, along with widespread ecosystem degradation due to climate change. It is within the framework of a unique time, when these characters live through two worlds, vastly different from one another, that they tell their tales, a way of documenting their journeys in life.
While the friends and family in this novel struggle to survive, and overcome personal losses and grief, they do so with the strength of character that allows people to gracefully succeed during times of societal failure. They understand that true riches of life come from the great outdoors and from their relationships with each other. They learn to survive and adapt in a climate-changed world. Part “road” novel, part survival tale, and part romance, this literary novel looks into the human psyche as people similar to how we imagine ourselves find hope in the face of disaster.
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Overall this book was just ok for me. It takes you right into the story on the very first page. It is told in chapters by different people reflecting their viewpoint of the world as it is in the future. It is a quick read, and I just didn't find it had the depth that I have come to enjoy in dystopian novels. I would recommend it as a light, fast read for anyone that is in the mood for that.