NOMINATED FOR THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2018
New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century.
As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.
There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear - along with the lawyers, of course.
There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building's manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail. Then there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other home - and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.
Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all - and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.
New York 2140 is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel, from a writer uniquely qualified to tell the story of its future.
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About the Author
Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Robinson's powerful mind and big heart combine in what longtime fans wil recognize as his clearest statement of where he thinks humanity is, where it had to go next, and how to get there. The encouraging thing is that his plan of action lies squarely within our collective power, waiting only for its to collectively exercise it. The disgusting thing is that we have yet to show ourselves capable of such a collective exercise.
Another future tale in which things turn out like you would want them to. Great mix of characters making unlikely ties. As always the World of the Intertidal is vivdly described.
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I loved this believable and relatable future of New York. The characters were fun even while the future described was frighteningly real. It was long but worth every word.
I read a lot of books. All different types. This one I could not figure out. Even as I was reading the last few pages, I could not find a plot. It was more like a walking tour of New York City - underwater. I have never been to New York, so maybe that is why I couldn't understand it. There was no main character, but many characters, some fleshed out, some peripheral. None of them very important. I kept reading this book hoping that a plot would emerge, but sadly no. I had hopes that the main plot about coders living on a roof of a building partly underwater would get more interesting, but that didn't work out either. Unless you live in New York, or are very familiar with New York, I don't think you will find this book interesting or compelling. I know I didn't.