The New Wilderness
Author: Diane Cooke
List: Recent Prize Winner (Man Booker Short List 2020)
Project: dystopia – environmental / government
Year of publication: 2020
Goodreads: The New Wilderness
“A dystopian and environmental ballad about the trials of motherhood and the devolution to the wilderness for the survival of humanity in a governmental controlled society.” ~RookReading
A daring, passionate and terrifying novel about a mother’s battle to save her daughter in a world ravaged by climate change.
Bea’s five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is wasting away, consumed by the smog and pollution of the over-developed metropolis they call home. If they stay in the city, Agnes will die, but there is only one alternative – joining a group of volunteers in the Wilderness State. This vast expanse of unwelcoming, untamed land is untouched by mankind. Until now. Living as nomadic hunter-gatherers, Bea and Agnes slowly learn how to survive on this unpredictable, often dangerous land. But as Agnes embraces the wild freedom of her new existence, Bea realises that saving her daughter’s life means losing her in a different way.
At once a blazing lament of our contempt for nature and a deeply humane portrayal of motherhood, and what it means to be human, The New Wilderness is an extraordinary, compelling novel for our times.
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