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"Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn't just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory"--
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
ISBN: 9780544947306
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 21 cm

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SCL_Justin Sep 26, 2018

This is a detective story set in a future. Unlike something like The Last Detective, this happens a few decades after the epidemics and climate change storms took their toll, and people have figured out a smaller-scale way to organize a society, at least on the Pacific coast of North America.

The Investigator in this story is a woman who is tenacious and angry, but also curious. The story has flashbacks to how she became the woman she is, and it's all generally untraumatic. I would really recommend this as a climate-change cozy mystery. The storms are the most violent part of the story (which I would not call dystopian in any way, unless the sequel changes a lot about the setting).

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