I was born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, but my love of the Australian bush is part of the reason I now live beyond the fringes of the city. I have two daughters and a son (who all grew up one day when I blinked) but I haven’t been able to consider having another pet since Spud died. We live in a community affected by the Black Saturday bushfires. You have to look for the silver linings - but my son doesn't agree with me that the destruction of his childhood plastic-crap collection falls into that category. When I hear of another community, somewhere in the world, that has been affected by yet another extreme natural disaster (symptomatic of our damaged climate) my heart bleeds for them.
on July 26, 2013 :
I'm writing this after the novel has stayed with me for a couple of months. It is beautifully written and structured, with credible characterisation and a compelling plot. I really like how it weaves the narrative through dreams, panic, fantasy but is also grounded in here and now and the urgency of the present moment. I also like how it anchors a global issue in a specific local context and life. By focalising climate change and moral responsibility through a single well realised character, her trauma and the dilemmas she works through about how to live ethically and responsibly, the author has created a compelling and moving call to action. I recommend it to anyone who wants not to just to escape but to engage.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)
on July 16, 2013 :
An enjoyable and challenging story for anyone who cares about the future of the planet. Cleverly written, easy to read, the underlying theme continually returns to question the reader about their own priorities.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on July 13, 2013 :
I'm proud of my daughter's effort in writing this book. People don't seem to be taking global warming seriously - if we don't do something soon it will be too late. As Annie says, "We can't let this beautiful world burn and die." I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on July 09, 2013 :
What a great book! Dealing with current issues of the day, such as global warming and sexism in Australia. It was easily read, asking the reader to step out of there comfort zone.
I would recommend this book to all as it made me laugh, (almost) cry and above all think. I agree with the character in the book, that we have a massive problem that needs a solution, NOW!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 08, 2013 :
Read this book!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on June 30, 2013 :
I enjoyed this book. It describes one woman's personal journey following the bushfires in 2009 and offers a challenge to everyone, "What are you doing to save the world?"
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on June 29, 2013 :
Every-one should read this book. It raises the issue of global warming in a story that will make you chuckle and may make you cry. Annie, the hero, stands up and says what has to be said - each and every one of us needs to think about her message.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)