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America city / Chris Beckett.

By: Beckett, Chris, 1955-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Atlantic Books, 2017Description: 357 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1786491524; 9781786491527.Subject(s): Climatic changes -- Fiction | Twenty-second century -- Forecasts -- Fiction | Emigration and immigration -- Fiction | Americans -- Fiction | United States -- Social conditions -- Fiction | United States -- Economic conditions -- FictionGenre/Form: Political fiction. | Science fiction.DDC classification: 823/.92 Summary: America, one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between north and south, and some northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless fellow-Americans from the south. Against this backdrop, an ambitious young British-born publicist, Holly Peacock, meets a new client, the charismatic Senator Slaymaker, a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together, reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single, united nation. When he runs for President, Holly becomes his right hand woman, doing battle on the whisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little. But can they bring America together - or have they set the country on a new, but equally devastating, path?
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America, one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods, and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between north and south, and some northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless fellow-Americans from the south. Against this backdrop, an ambitious young British-born publicist, Holly Peacock, meets a new client, the charismatic Senator Slaymaker, a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together, reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single, united nation. When he runs for President, Holly becomes his right hand woman, doing battle on the whisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little. But can they bring America together--or have they set the country on a new, but equally devastating, path?

America, one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between north and south, and some northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless fellow-Americans from the south. Against this backdrop, an ambitious young British-born publicist, Holly Peacock, meets a new client, the charismatic Senator Slaymaker, a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together, reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single, united nation. When he runs for President, Holly becomes his right hand woman, doing battle on the whisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little. But can they bring America together - or have they set the country on a new, but equally devastating, path?

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In this alarming narrative of the near future, Beckett (Dark Eden) engages not with graphic descriptions of climate change and imperialism run amok, but with an unflinching portrayal of humans' potential for self-deception. America is divided between the economically stable North and the storm-ravaged South, and political tensions and rampant rumors launched by sophisticated AIs are ripping the country apart. Some Northerners give lip-service sympathy to the desperate Southerners but do little to aid them; others set up barricades to keep out climate refugees. Into the breach steps Washington State Sen. Stephen Slaymaker, a right-wing politician who pledges to unite the country in an effort to save the world from environmental catastrophe. His PR executive, Holly Peacock, defies her partner and their elite friends to assist in Slaymaker's presidential campaign, inspiring the survivors of superstorms to agree to transplant America to a far northern location that will be safer from nature's wrath. As Holly's loosely held liberalism gives way to Slaymaker's populist policies, she begins facilitating his violent, reactionary tactics, eager to win power and security for herself and Slaymaker's supporters. Though the writing isn't always strong enough to support Beckett's provocative questions and challenging message, readers looking for a new and hauntingly realistic dystopia will find plenty to enjoy, question, and ponder. Agent: John Jarrold, John Jarrold Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.