After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The citys denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edgescrime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called the breaks is ravaging the population.When a strange new visitor arrivesa woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her sidethe city is entranced. The orcamancer, as shes known, very subtly brings together four peopleeach living on the peripheryto stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.Blackfish City is a remarkably urgentand ultimately very hopefulnovel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection....
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Blackfish City Reviews
7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c...
Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the intent is to castigate or subvert the social and political norms that reinforce those structures, these stories tend to promote the idea of a lone genius/hero/savior as the essential component for radical change – the ...more
I knew nothing about this author or his previous work. I just knew I was going to read this book as soon as I read "a woman riding an orca with a polar bear by her side" in the blurb because how could I not? Sometimes I pick books based on simple reasons.
The first half-ish of the book is all worldbuilding, which is such a great slow burn. This floating city in the waters of the Arctic Circle, built after the ravages of climate change, and full of classism, corruption and a sexually transmitted ...more
This is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian science fiction novel set in a future in which global warming did not turn out to be "fake news." The story takes place in a man-made city, Qaanaaq, that is located in the Arctic Ocean close to the top of the world. The story is told from the points of view of Fill, a rich gay man who has just contracted a sexually transmitted disease called "the Breaks," Kaev, a somewhat brain-damaged, almost-washed-up fighter who takes dives for a living, Ankit, a woman wh ...more
In Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller has crafted one of the richest and most interesting dystopian landscapes I’ve ever read. Set in a future ravished by climate change and climate wars, the book concerns the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq. Ruled by a small elite class and near-autonomous AI, home to refugees from every corner of the “Sunken World”, plagued by corruption and unrest, a heady mess of culture, language, technology and tradition–Qaanaaq is a fictional city unlike any other.
The story is ...more
Waterworld with an orcamancer. Brilliant speculative fiction about family, political corruption, love, revenge, the consequences of climate change and technology run amok in a plausible near future. Despite the fear of my children inhabiting a similar world all too soon, this was the most fun I had reading a book all year. As with Margaret Atwood's Year of the Flood, don't be put off if your bookstore or library puts this in their Fantasy section, and that's something you wouldn't normally read. ...more
3.25 out of 5 stars
My thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Blackfish City is an imaginative and richly rendered novel about a floating city and its diverse inhabitants. I was immediately intrigued by the setting, which author Sam J. Miller builds from the ground (or seafloor) up by illustrating the physical makeup of the city, how people navigate its socioeconomically segregated divisions, and even down to invented sports that have fl ...more
This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violent as compared to the light hearted take). We have 4 POVs each character slightly different to one another. We have a fighter, a government official type, another young boy and a messenger for the mafia type world. ...more
What did I just read?!
Seriously, this book has a lot going on. Which also means there is a lot of set-up so much of the first half of the book is dedicated to introduction to characters, world building, and laying the foundation. I appreciated this because like I said, there is a lot going on here so the author took some care to make sure the details were in place for it to all make sense. But this also meant it took some dedication and concentration to make sure I didn't miss anything. I found ...more