I’m not a big fan of Sci-Fi, and I rarely read Fantasy, so I wasn’t sure whether I would like Weather Menders, a Cli-Fi novel novel about reversing climate change through time travel, featuring a time-traveling cat. I was in for a big surprise!
I had never even heard the term “Cli-Fi” until I received a copy of this book from Debra Denker. Abbreviated from Climate Fiction, this genre deals with climate change and global warming. Works of cli-fi may take place in the world as we know it or in the near future.
From the publisher:
In post-plague 2050 Britain, palm trees tower over the rice paddies of Stonehenge. Tara MacFarlane, a weary 96-year-old anthropologist originally from Taos, New Mexico, longs only to finish out her life in peaceful Buddhist meditation, and rejoin the great love of her later years, the humanitarian Scottish-Afghan doctor Xander, in a future incarnation. Suddenly one stifling autumn day Tara, her great-granddaughter Leona, and Leona’s boyfriend Janus are faced with a trio of Time Travelers from a future alternate Timeline where humanity and the eco-system survived and thrived.
The fate of humanity and most of Earth’s species falls squarely on the shoulders of Tara, Leona, Janus, and Tara’s small gray cat, Georgie, who shows a surprising aptitude for telepathy. Time is short to reverse catastrophe that will bleed through into the alternate Timeline. … Joined by the brave and wise cat Georgie, the six plunge into the Time Circle of Stonehenge on their mission. Where and when will they go, and will they succeed in restoring the Earth and humanity to balance?
I found myself drawn into the story from the first few pages. The characters are immensely likeable and relateable, something I did not expect from this genre. The setup of the actual story, and the way it plays out, is fascinating. The post-apocalyptic world in 2050 is tempered by the fact that spiritual traditions, especially Buddhism, Native American beliefs and other ancient practices have remained important and play a key role in how the story unfolds. Georgie the cat is pivotal to the story, and to saving the planet.
There are so many layers to this book. It takes us to exotic locations around the world. It’s a time travel adventure. It’s a sobering look at a what our future may look like if we don’t wake up and change how we treat the planet. Ultimately, this book is a timeless love story – of love between humans, and of humanity’s love for planet Earth. I found it magical, whimsical and spellbinding.
I could not put this book down, and at the same time, I didn’t want it to end. The story is incredible, the writing is luminant, and the depth of the material is breathtaking. Even if this is completely outside of the range of what you normally read, give this book a chance. You won’t be disappointed.
Weather Menders is available from Amazon.
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