The Lost Cause

Published by TOR.

3 stars (5 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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Gets more interesting in the last third

4 stars

As usual, a lot of interesting ideas as he writes yet another recipe for escaping from the current global crisis that rampant kleptocracy and corporate welfare have created.

It starts quite slowly though and I was not really feeling the main character until somewhere into the middle of the book Even then I was hating his puppy-dog adoration of this girl he has a crush on so much for at least 2/3rds of the book, but thankfully he finally starts to seem a little more cohesive as a character towards the end.

But still worth the read and the final third definitely started to pull it together and make me care not only about the characters but about the attack they managed to do against the various tactics stages by the “plutocracy”.

Highly relevant socio-political fiction

4 stars

(em português: )

"The Lost Cause" (2023), by Cory Doctorow, is a climate fiction set 30 years in the future. It's not hard to see why it went straight to bestseller lists. The story basically extrapolates the current rift in the US between Trumpists and society to the imminence of something close to a civil war, with a focus on the climate emergency.

It could also be described as Green New Deal fiction, about the (non-fictional) proposal for a massive government investment that, while mitigating the catastrophic consequences of climate change and creating resilience, generates jobs and new technologies.

The setting is the city of Burbank (Los Angeles). Decades after the program began, society is still adapting to the ruined environment but, for the first time, there is hope for a real chance that civilization will recover.

Right-wing extremists have hardened, especially in the face of the waves of …

Sadly this is not sci fi

4 stars

This books world is basically what I imagine the near future to be like. So it’s a bit depressing but sprinkled with tons of hope.

Loved every page of it. The last star missing is basically the sometimes preachy tone of explanation how the world ended up like it did in the book.

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rated it

3 stars