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This Fragile Earth (Hardback)

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'[An] amazing futuristic novel . . . Do yourself a favour and a pick up a copy now. It's fantastic' Paul Bettany



'I absolutely DEVOURED this book' Aisling Bea



'Poignant and perfect' Christina Dalcher, author of Vox



'Hugely impressive' David Nicholls, author of One Day and Starter for Ten



'Excellent . . . tugged at my heart-strings in a sometimes unbearable way' Beth Clift, author of Last One at the Party







What would you do to protect your family if the world stopped working?



Not long from now, in a recognisable yet changed London, Signy and Matthew lead a dull, difficult life. They've only really stayed together for the sake of their six year old son, Jed. But they're surviving, just about. Until the day the technology that runs their world stops working. Unable to use their phones, pay for anything, even open the smart door to their flat, Matthew assumes that this is just a momentary glitch in the computers that now run the world.



But then the electricity and gas are cut off. Even the water stops running. And the pollination drones - vital to the world, ever since the bees all died - are behaving oddly. People are going missing. Soldiers are on the streets. London is no longer safe.



A shocking incident sends Signy and Jed on the run, desperate to flee London and escape to the small village where Signy grew up. Determined to protect her son, Signy will do almost anything to survive as the world falls apart around them. But she has no idea what is waiting for them outside the city...



'A very British disaster epic. Echoes of John Wyndham' Stephen Baxter, co-author of The Long Earth



'Superbly accomplished' Ruth Hogan

Fiction & PoetryScience Fiction Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 24/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9781473232327  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Susannah Wise is an actor and writer who grew up in London and the Midlands. A childhood spent outdoors inspired her love of nature and tree climbing. The death of her father in 2015 was the catalyst for THIS FRAGILE EARTH. His preoccupation with astronomy and the beauty of the night sky formed the jumping-off point for the story. Susannah studied at the Faber Academy, graduating in September 2018, during which time she wrote a second, more peculiar novel. Both books have been longlisted for the Mslexia prize. She lives in London with her partner and son.

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#ThisFragileEarth By Susannah Wise — What would you do to protect your family if the world stopped working? — London in the not too distant future, is totally run by technology, drones and Xbots. Permanently having to wear UV glasses when outside, water has to be purified and pollination drones do the work of bees, due to them all being killed off. When the technology that keeps their lives operating smoothly suddenly stops and the electricity, gas and water are cut off, people believe it’s a temporary glitch and things will return to normal within twenty four hours. But when people start going missing and soldiers walk the streets, it’s apparent London is no longer safe. I found it took a while to get into the story as I needed to picture the atmospheric London as the author had it in her head but I did eventually get there and found it easy to follow once I did. There are a lot of original and unique fictitious names and scenarios which suggests the author has a highly imaginative and creative writing talent. My only gripe were the main characters. I’m not sure if it was down to their narrative, the way they were portrayed or because they were characters in a dystopian novel. It was obvious Signy would do anything for her son Jed but at six years old I found him to be one minute too mature for his age and another far too young. His dad Matthew was, for me, a weak character and all in all they formed a strangely structured family unit. There’s a message within the story, that if we don’t look after our ‘fragile’ earth then those actions will have consequences and we could lose all that we rely on to survive. No longer having the joys and beauty of nature, would lead to a very barren and ugly environment, which is why climate change and protecting the earth is paramount in safeguarding what we enjoy today. For a debut novel in the post apocalyptic/dystopian thriller genre, the author has done a fabulous job and she should be commended for her imaginative and creative talent and I hope she does well with this her first novel.

- 10/06/2021
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