The Lost Cause

Paperback, 368 pages

English language

Published Aug. 22, 2023 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.

ISBN:
978-1-250-86593-9
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4 stars (11 reviews)

It’s thirty years from now. We’re making progress, mitigating climate change, slowly but surely. But what about all the angry old people who can’t let go?

For young Americans a generation from now, climate change isn't controversial. It's just an overwhelming fact of life. And so are the great efforts to contain and mitigate it. Entire cities are being moved inland from the rising seas. Vast clean-energy projects are springing up everywhere. Disaster relief, the mitigation of floods and superstorms, has become a skill for which tens of millions of people are trained every year. The effort is global. It employs everyone who wants to work. Even when national politics oscillates back to right-wing leaders, the momentum is too great; these vast programs cannot be stopped in their tracks.

But there are still those Americans, mostly elderly, who cling to their red baseball caps, their grievances, their huge vehicles, their …

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Hungry for more books that envision a future where we deal with climate change

3 stars

I'm personally hungry for books that envision a world where we deal with climate change. I'm glad this book exists, and there should be more in this niche.

This book had some lovely parts - the emphasis on local/municipal activism I really appreciated.

However there were parts of the book that read as "well it's up to the younger generation(s) because the Olds are The Problem" which I didn't care for. There are old environmentalists living today getting stuff done, and young people who deny climate change is happening. Nobody is too old to contribute to the movement and generational politics are a smokescreen for class issues.

Also why why why is cryptocurrency being taken seriously here? sob

Meaningful and engaging exploration of near future climate activism

4 stars

While some sold it as "solarpunk," I'm not sure it fits this genre. Brooks, the "hero" character, is emotionally complex, but eternally falls on optimism. And his comrades generally seem to share an upbeat nature. Near future southern California is hot, plagued by fires, and dealing with the fallout of MAGA racists and their "plut", cryptocurrency allies, a broader swath of "decent people", and the leftist activists that are trying to create change in the face of climate catastrophe that leaves many internally displaced persons. A few characters add some political complexity, but there's an overall "us vs them" equation that lays the foundation for the book. It reads like a few others of Doctorow's books (Walkaway in mind), where there's a constant back and forth between positive, hopeful movement, and reactionary destruction. It shares with other solarpunk (1) a lot of talk about solar and carbon neutral or negative …

Review of 'The Lost Cause' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I like Cory Doctorow's blog and share his politics. I backed The Lost Cause on Kickstarter. There are some cool things about the book, but overall I wouldn't recommend it.

It's shocking to read "MAGA" in fiction. Most sci-fi authors of today grew up on sci-fi written before 1980, and that is what we think sci-fi is. When those works were originally written, they probably referred to politics of the day. (Every book from that period seems to be a meditation on nuclear war.) But their settings and themes became the settings and themes of sci-fi. No history after 1980 can be included in a sci-fi, because it was never included in the books we grew up with.

It's fantastic that The Lost Cause breaks through this and more authors should do it.

It's clearly very political and that's great too. Sci-fi is supposed to say something.

The main ideological …

Review of 'The Lost Cause' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This electrifying future landscape is powered by excess solar energy on sunny days where the supply outpaces demand. Doctrow delves the reader into a thrilling struggle between the forces of compassion, greed, and egotism. Full of fun twists, this novel presents a vision of the next century that is at once hopeful and harrowing. Good read.

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