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Bridge 108

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From the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author, a dystopian novel of oppression set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life, a finalist for the Kitschies award and Philip K. Dick Award.

Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he soon falls prey to traffickers. Enslaved in an enclave outside Manchester, the resourceful and determined Caleb never loses hope of bettering himself.

After Caleb is befriended by a fellow victim of trafficking, another road opens. Hiding in the woodlands by day, guided by the stars at night, he begins a new journey - to escape to a better life, to meet someone he can trust, and to find his family. For Caleb, only one thing is certain: making his way in the world will be far more difficult than his mother imagined.

Told through multiple voices and set against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.

©2020 Anne Charnock (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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“Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with hopeful messages will be gratified by this topical tale of human resourcefulness in the face of climate disaster.” --Publishers Weekly

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  • 19-02-20

Charnock is always original

Reviewing on my phone so excuse typos!

I’ve listened to all of Charnock’s novels for free with KU, but would buy every one. They are always an original take on dystopian worlds or whatever the subject and always avoid tidy endings (satisfying nonetheless). As well, I find her writing nuanced—no black and white good or evil characters. This novel was no exception.

The multiple POVs were well done, though Caleb is the main narrator, and he’s an interesting, likable character.

Like all her books, this one starts off slowly, but hang in there for a bit!