io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Odds Against Tomorrow.

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In July, we read Nathaniel Rich's Odds Against Tomorrow. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!


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For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here's how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you're reading. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.


We hope that Rich will stop by in the next week to talk to everybody about the book!

So, what did you think of Odds Against Tomorrow?

Want to get started on our next book?

In August, we'll be reading Mur Lafferty's The Shambling Guide to New York City(you can read our review of this fun urban fantasy tale here). We'll meet on August 27 to talk about it.


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Annalee Newitz

I think my favorite part about this novel was how it moved from dark satire of the futurism industry into a story that was genuinely harrowing and emotionally rich. Nathaniel Rich's descriptions of the disasters helped a lot with this. He made the flood feel vivid and plausible. Though I never felt emotionally connected to the main character — I think Rich deliberately distances us from him — I thought his transformation from bewildered corporate pawn to eco-hermit was believable.

The cautious optimism of the ending was another thing I liked about this book. We never forget that things are going to shit in a lot of ways — but at the same time, we see that there are people who are trying to find a better way to live. Maybe some of those people are desperate, or crazy, but many of them are just looking for a way to survive in communities that don't resort to violence or despotic bureaucracy.