The Marigold

Hardcover, 352 pages

English language

Published April 19, 2023 by ECW Press.

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3 stars (4 reviews)

In a near-future Toronto buffeted by environmental chaos and unfettered development, an unsettling new lifeform begins to grow beneath the surface, feeding off the past.

The Marigold, a gleaming Toronto condo tower, sits a half-empty promise: a stack of scuffed rental suites and undelivered amenities that crumbles around its residents as a mysterious sludge spreads slowly through it. Public health inspector Cathy Jin investigates this toxic mold as it infests the city’s infrastructure, rotting it from within, while Sam “Soda” Dalipagic stumbles onto a dangerous cache of data while cruising the streets in his Camry, waiting for his next rideshare alert. On the outskirts of downtown, 13-year-old Henrietta Brakes chases a friend deep underground after he’s snatched into a sinkhole by a creature from below.

All the while, construction of the city’s newest luxury tower, Marigold II, has stalled. Stanley Marigold, the struggling son of the legendary developer behind this …

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Amazing piece of speculative eco-horror

5 stars

Amazing piece of speculative eco-horror with deep, relatable characters and witty societal commentary I really enjoyed.

A good start, but it does drag a little in pacing in the middle. How storylines are connected isn’t always clear, though each is interesting in its own way. Found myself having to push through some parts later on, opposed to in the beginning where I was immediately hooked.

Loved the array of characters and perspectives so much. And the raccoons were brilliant.

The dialogue was excellent throughout, very realistic—but one slightly annoying thing: too often during a conversation there’s a line of dialogue, a paragraph of description or thought, then another line. Sometimes that paragraph between is so long that I forget what they were talking about in the first place by the time we get to the next statement or response.

Anyway, always love a look into the lives of the ultra …

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