New York 2140

{5/5} “Sun blazed off canals and made the rank-and-file forest of buildings look like rows of standing stones in some half-sunk Avalon. Black pillars drowned to the knees; it was a surreal sight, there was no coming to terms with it, it never ceased to look bizarre, even though she had lived in it all her life.”

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, published in 2017

The sea level is 50 feet higher in 2140 so much of New York is flooded, and people use boats and skybridges to get around. Two coders living on the roof of the Met Life building disappear after one of them does some extravagant hacking. The building’s super finds that someone has punched 2 holes into the basement, which is under water. The building’s board finds out that someone is offering to buy the whole building. Are these things related or is it just another day in New York?

This is a terrific story about a group of people, but it’s also the story of a city — and a planet. It’s about people sticking together, and trying to change things for the better.

Robinson brutally — but fairly — critiques the politics and finance that have led to the climate crisis.

How radical is saving the world? Not radical at all — it’s what needs to be done. If we do it sooner rather than later, we’ll avoid a lot of pain.

I’ve read 8 of Robinson’s books. I previously reviewed Aurora.

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