The premise is a good one, but the author gets so caught up in hammering home the anti-corporate message that the book becomes a chore to read. }); .create-list-form{margin-bottom:0}.wl-spacing-top-quad-large{margin-top:8.4rem}#create-list-back-navigation{padding-right:10px}#create-list-back-icon{margin-top:4px} The diverse points of view allow Robinson to riff on various genres, from police procedural to romantic comedy, political cyberthriller to historical travelogue, disaster novel to pirate adventure. New York 2140 is a spectacular exemplar of the tactic: the financial shenanigans form a backdrop for submarine drone-wars, black-ops kidnappings, private … (window.AmazonUIPageJS ? He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed This was an epic read, but definitely worth being patient with and giving it the time it deserves. I’m sure Robinson could have easily conjured up a world like that in the lauded, 2016 movie Interstellar, where America’s farmland is sufficiently fried to create a new Dust Bowl and the only solution for humanity is to use gravitational propulsion to escape to a distant galaxy through a recently detected wormhole near Saturn. [7] Gerry Canavan, writing for the Los Angeles Review of Books, referred to the novel as a further step in Robinson's "[...] construction of a huge metatextual history of the future...distributed across overlapping but distinct and mutually irreconcilable texts". * Includes: jquery.ui.core.css, jquery.ui.accordion.css, jquery.ui.autocomplete.css, jquery.ui.button.css, jquery.ui.datepicker.css, jquery.ui.dialog.css, jquery.ui.menu.css, jquery.ui.progressbar.css, jquery.ui.resizable.css, jquery.ui.selectable.css, jquery.ui.slider.css, jquery.ui.spinner.css, jquery.ui.tabs.css, jquery.ui.tooltip.css Taking place in the years 2140-2143, the novel is a warning to readers of what might happen if people do not act to reverse human overuse of the earth’s natural resources and their refusal to curb use of fossil fuels. I loved it. © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates, No Import Fees Deposit & $11.98 Shipping to Poland. As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. /*! 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Other reviews have applauded the topic that this book covers and I totally agree. New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. The book was confusing and included far too many characters. I thank Mr. Robinson for writing what is so far the most significant novel of the year. Mix in some saccharine and still, somehow, the author made this book not only stay in some form of balance, but made it one serious enough not to rush through. #octane-aui-example-id{color:red} Every skyscraper an island. Several of the book's characters live in the MetLife Tower on 23rd Street, which the tenant association has outfitted with flood-prevention mechanisms and boat storage. In reading New York 2140, I found myself thinking of connections to other books I had read in recent years. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. jQuery UI - v1.10.3 - 2013-05-03 New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century. [4][5] A rise on that scale would likely mean that some portions of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens would be flooded, but not to the extent as featured in the novel. }); Every skyscraper an island. 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An all-too-plausible future after the inevitable floods, Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018. 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