Camp Zero

A Novel

English language

Published Jan. 1, 2023 by Atria Books.

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3 stars (7 reviews)

2 editions

Interesting climate fiction

3 stars

This was better than I expected from a random impulse read. It's a pretty good mix of characters in a climate-themed story that is consistent, makes some cultural commentary, and tries some unconventional narrative devices that work pretty well. There are scientist characters, but it's not a particularly science-driven story.

Starts well, then loses it

2 stars

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clever, unique, makes you think

3 stars

Recommend. Let me start off with that. It didn't wow me (hence three versus four stars), but I find this a very unique read with a fascinating voice. The concept is compelling, and the principle characters are folks you really want to sit with and explore.

Most of the other characters, though, even the important ones, get short shrift. The narrative is more than a bit uneven here and there as well, but the pacing is great and the book starts off really strong.

The science: The author needed to spend a bit more on verifying the science. Even some relatively basic things, she misses the mark (insect drones are male. always. oil is not explosive. etc.).


Great story, nice and twisty with an unexpected ending that in retrospect is perfect. I really enjoyed this.

reviewed Camp Zero by Michelle Sterling


2 stars

Global climate change has ravaged even what we now think of as fairly far north. Humanity's hope in North America lies in Canada. A group heads north to build an American enclave and intrigue ensues.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. The main characters were not well fleshed out though, and even though I understood their motivations, I just never felt the inner turmoil that should have come from their situations.

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