New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
By 2140 the global sea level has risen by almost fifty feet due to the effects of ‘Global Warming’ and the resulting melt water from the Polar Icecaps. Such a severe rise in the water level across the globe not only changed coastlines all across the world but, also crashed the global economy on more than one occasion resulting in a world very different from the one we know today. Like the rest of the world, New York is no exception.
With it’s towering skyscrapers and iconic buildings the Manhattan skyline is no longer the icon that it once was but, being part of New York it’s still the centre of attention now becoming more of a Super Venice, with the remains of it’s former skyscrapers still above sea level, providing a new Haven of civilization on the water, rather than just being the icon it once was solely by definition alone.
With such a Utopian look about it you might thing that life in New York in 2140 would be easy, well you’d be wrong. With such a sudden change from the way of life lived by humans for thousands of years, people are finding it hard to adapt and to live with all the new problems life on water brings.
One of these such problems is that with the global population being still much the same as it was before the rise in water level, cutting off much of the available real estate, housing is hard to come by and as such a lucrative business for those willing and able enough to take the steep risks involved, like Franklin Garr and an obvious fix for those radical and open minded enough to see the fault in the system and the unfairness in the way by which life is lived, fought over and died for in 2140. But will the Utopia they dream of be just that, a dream or will it prove to something more and pave the way for an unheard of golden age of humanity?
AGE RATING: 14+
TEEN RATING: 3.9/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: An incredibly complex and intricate story line which at times was astonishing to read because of the sheer scale and complexity of the plot. However the same intricacy which at times made the novel such a breathtaking read, was also ironically it’s downfall at times, due to the length of time the plot took to develop and mature. Overall a great read, however long it may have been at times.
TEEN INSIGHT: Behind the scenes of ‘New York 2140’ (No major spoilers)…