Some Bookish Reflections

I wrote my February post before actually reviewing any of the books I read. Now that I have been catching up on reviews I couldn’t help but notice some ridiculously obvious similarities in my February reading…

Refugees

I read three books that included tales of refugees:

The End of Seeing by Christy Collins – highlights the current problems in the Mediterranean with the unsafe boats from Africa bringing refugees north to Europe. (review to follow)

The Hummingbird by Kati Hiekkapelto – describes the long term problems refugees face after having their residency approved or denied.

The Healer by Antti Tuomainen – Imagines the plight of climate change refugees in the future.

Despite different contexts, there are mostly similarities between the three experiences.

Climate Change Fiction

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It seems that the thriller The Healer will be my Cli Fi read of 2016. Last year I read A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson which has elements of fantasy. Both are highly creative and thought provoking reads that made me re-imagine the cities of Helsinki and Melbourne respectively. Oh, and Rawson also finds time to explore the refugee situation.

 

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