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    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This book hits all of the points that I find fascinating and terrifying about the rapid and long term effects of climate change Marlo, the adopted daughter of two people who read the writing on the wall two decades ago, lives in a compound in rural Oregon Among them in their community are other wealthy people who picked up and left their old jobs, friends, and lives to get ready for the collapse of society, which they expect I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This book hits all of the points that I find fascinating and terrifying about the rapid and long term effects of climate change Marlo, the adopted daughter of two people who read the writing on the wall two decades ago, lives in a compound in rural Oregon Among them in their community are other wealthy people who picked up and left their old jobs, friends, and lives to get ready for the collapse of society, which they expect to happen in their lifetimes When a stranger shows up at the gates of the community and throws a wrench into Marlo s life, she wonders if it s worth leaving the safety of the community and going back out into the Disaster The author used to write long form journalism, and it shows in the writing there are many carefully crafted sentences and lovely descriptions, but I feel that the craft of the writing took precedent over the crafting of the story It took nearly half the book to get to the inciting incident that gets Marlo s story really going, and by then I almost didn t care any Marlo s everyday routines, relationship with her parents, relationship with the newcomer, all of it felt like we were just being pushed along in the story instead of pulled forward with curiosity I never felt a burning question about what was going to happen next


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    There were parts of this book that I enjoyed and parts that I wanted to enjoy But didn t I enjoyed reading about the compound and the people and personalities that kept the place running But that might just be the prepper in me There were parts of the plot that I could have done without, for instance, the one night standwas it crucial to the plot But, I m sure the author had a plan So little things kept me from enjoying the book , but overall, it wasn t a bad read.


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    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed the book It s a dystopian tale and I love stories based on what could happen to the world She did a really good job with character creation and I m hoping there will bebooks to follow this one There was an unnecessary sex scene that was just thrown in there it seemed but other than that the book was good and I will readby her.


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    Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.Climate change has been something I ve been trying to keep in mind in my daily life and to take action accordingly where I can, but it s not something I ve really seen in fiction before, hence why I requested this book.Marlo I assume her name is a portmanteau of both her parents names has grown up on an exclusive commune type community for the wealthy hoping to survive when the effects of climate change strik Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.Climate change has been something I ve been trying to keep in mind in my daily life and to take action accordingly where I can, but it s not something I ve really seen in fiction before, hence why I requested this book.Marlo I assume her name is a portmanteau of both her parents names has grown up on an exclusive commune type community for the wealthy hoping to survive when the effects of climate change strike The book follows her development as she struggles with wanting to leave, alongside her loyalty to the ranch and her family.Sloley goes to great lengths to try to make us see Marlo as distinct from the other ranchers, trying to show her as open minded about the outside world the Disaster but there is only so far that is believable to me given her age and the privileged lifestyle she has enjoyed.Ultimately, and unexpectedly, this is really a love story, although I guessed the twist in this part of the story quite quickly The tension and crisis point in the relationship didn t seem particularly big to me either Although not much really seemed to happen, I did enjoy reading this book I thinkfor the climate change aspects although I did find some of the ranchers decisions on how to order their lives quite weird I was surprised they weren teco friendly in some of their practises and wanted to ask Marlo why she hadn t heard of menstrual cups when she was worrying about running out of tampons In a way it was kind of disappointing to not see how the climate crisis played out in Sloley s imagined future Sadly, according to many scientists, climate disaster will strike us much sooner than in this book unless action is taken by governments, businesses, and individuals alike


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    I received an ARC ecopy of this book at no charge thanks to Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion my words are my OWN.The writing was decent and the third star is for grammar and vocabulary, which was good The problem was with the formatting and hopefully the edited finished version will correct this the hyphen split words at the end of a line were done weirdly and it distracted my eye Like slaughtered at the end of a line of text was split as SLAUGHTE RED and however wa I received an ARC ecopy of this book at no charge thanks to Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion my words are my OWN.The writing was decent and the third star is for grammar and vocabulary, which was good The problem was with the formatting and hopefully the edited finished version will correct this the hyphen split words at the end of a line were done weirdly and it distracted my eye Like slaughtered at the end of a line of text was split as SLAUGHTE RED and however was HOWE VER JUST NO There wasn t much actual apocalypse or dystopia, so that was disappointing just hints and teases of this or that happening in the real world This wasa rich 1% commune for the Haves, who completely lacked self awareness in their privileged lives and walled out the Have Nots, which I found fairly distasteful in today s climate Most of the characters weren t very likable, and one of the main characters was in many completely naive, a poster child for arrested development, having been coddled and spoiled and rich and in the sheltered commune bubble, and also somehow Sex In The City worldly when she went to NYC with her father.Her parents were emotionally manipulative and subtly controlling with love There were many satellite characters brought forward, making you think they had some bearing on the story or importanceonly to disappear and never be heard from again, except maybe a mention of the name 15 chapters later There were dangling threads of storyline that were never picked up or tied off Basically I finished the book feeling vaguely unsatisfied, empty, with no sense of resolution or closure I m afraid I wouldn t recommend it as is I think the author is capable of better


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    Beautiful prose from a talented author, with well defined characters, distinct and memorable My Kindle is full of passages I highlighted for the insights, imagery, extraordinary ideas, and rich details I love the way the world outside one microscosm of humanity, modeled in part after an ecovillage with intentional communities and committees voting on whether to allow new members in, but curiously isolated and insulated from the outside, even while taking advantage of forays to the outside fo Beautiful prose from a talented author, with well defined characters, distinct and memorable My Kindle is full of passages I highlighted for the insights, imagery, extraordinary ideas, and rich details I love the way the world outside one microscosm of humanity, modeled in part after an ecovillage with intentional communities and committees voting on whether to allow new members in, but curiously isolated and insulated from the outside, even while taking advantage of forays to the outside for supplies, because the community is not entirely self sustaining The visionary founders have created a sort of Utopia, a beautiful place, sheltered from the rest of the world, which they refer to as The Disaster, which is darkly comic And acrimonious.The story unfolds gradually, vividly, did I mention with rich detail Lots and lots of rich detail , and in spite of the lovely prose, I started skimming once I got to the middle A somewhat creepy, controlling family friend and founding member, Kenneth, takes up a lot of Marlo s time and attention, but he offers her plenty of perks access to inner sanctum knowledge, e.g He s old enough to be her father but again, kind creepily enad of her She s old enough at age 25 to be sexually active, but she has to sneak around and lie about the one night stands she occasionally scores out there in The Disaster, and when nothing comes of these, one wonders why so many pages were devoted to a certain person I ll leave unnamed no spoilers It took the entire first one third of the novel for the newcomer to arrive, Wolf, the mysterious young man who is roughly the only person around who s Marlo s age, so she is assigned the job of showing him around the place while he s being vetted as a potential member He has a lot of stories from the outside The Disaster to tell, and the Inside starts looking less like a paradise to Marlo thehe talks Marlo s doting parents arethan a little controlling and overly protective of their adopted child Marlo often thinks of the Chinese parents who had to give her up, which had me thinking this foreshadowed a plot twist, but maybe there s a Book Two coming I hope so, because this story ends with a bit of a cliffhanger This isn t a spoiler because it s in the blurb Marlo has a choice stay in the only home she s ever known or break away, taking its secrets of survival with her For me, the secrets she would take with her are nothing we as readers could have anticipated The air of mystery regarding these secrets seemed odd, given what they turned out to be Maybe I ve read too many other post apocalyptic novels Marlo was hard for me to like, but I figured that was because she has quite a character arc to undergo In the end, did she mature and become the heroic young woman I anticipated Well, let s just say Marlo departs from the hero s journey that most readers have come to expect The novel feels a bit long to me, but I ve been readingshort stories in the past few years and not as many novels, so I m coming starting to prefer short and punchy tales, in spite of my lifelong love of things literary and leisurely


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    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I doAs the world dies, a woman must choose between her own survival and that of humankind.Raised in a privileged community of wealthy survivalists on an idyllic, self sustaining Oregon ranch, Marlo has always been insulated The outside world, which the ranchers cal I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I doAs the world dies, a woman must choose between her own survival and that of humankind.Raised in a privileged community of wealthy survivalists on an idyllic, self sustaining Oregon ranch, Marlo has always been insulated The outside world, which the ranchers call the Disaster, is a casualty of ravaging climate change, a troubled landscape on the brink of catastrophe For as long as Marlo can remember, the unknown that lies beyond the borders of her utopia has been a curious obsession But just as she plans her escape into the chaos of the real world, a charismatic new resident gives her a compelling reason to stay And, soon enough, a reason to doubt and to fear his intentions.Now, feelingandtrapped in a paradise that s become a prison, Marlo has a choice stay in the only home she s ever known or break away, taking its secrets of survival with her.Set in a chillingly possible, very near future, Disaster s Children is a provocative debut novel about holding on to what we know and letting go of it for the unknown and the unknowable.This was an interesting book to read and dystopian worlds are not exactly a subject I had read a lot about or thought about maybe I should Disaster is always just a press of a button away it seems and Miss Sloley handled the subject well The book is well crafted and an easy read and a great book to discuss among friends or a book club as we all have things we need to let go of I am watching Good Omens as I write this review and it is also a dystopian world like Disaster s Children I think that I need to explore this genrelife can be turned on the flick of a switch and can we really handle that As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of their incessant use by Millennials on Instagram and Twitter so let s give it some prayers, as we don t want this to actually happen to any of us


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    In Disaster s Children, decades of environmental neglect is finally catching up with humanity Coastal cities are underwater, displacing millions, turning even American citizens into refugees Crops are failing, threatening the food supply of nations around the globe The world is on an inexorable march toward ruin, and only the wealthy have the means to delay the inevitable On a sprawling ranch in Oregon, families with deep pockets prepare for the end They wall themselves off from the rest of In Disaster s Children, decades of environmental neglect is finally catching up with humanity Coastal cities are underwater, displacing millions, turning even American citizens into refugees Crops are failing, threatening the food supply of nations around the globe The world is on an inexorable march toward ruin, and only the wealthy have the means to delay the inevitable On a sprawling ranch in Oregon, families with deep pockets prepare for the end They wall themselves off from the rest of society Into this affluent, survivalist compound comes a poor young man Unable to make the exorbitant investment required of all new members, the ranchers reject him But one family, with mysterious ties to the newcomer, vouches for him and covers the cost of entry He befriends their daughter, Marlo, and a romance blooms Marlo has never lived outside the borders of this privileged community Her friends, who years ago rejected the commune and are now eco warriors on the outside, urge her to join them She finds herself torn between staying in the safety of the ranch or trying to make a difference out in the world.Disaster s Children is a subtle indictment of income inequality It asks us to question the morality of walls meant to keep out the less fortunate This dazzling debut believes that afair world is not only possible but worth fighting for That we can still avert a dark future where only the wealthy have access to clean water, food, and shelter


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    Marlo s adoptive parents, Maya and Carlton, co founded The Ranch as a co operative enclave for liberal 1%ers in the endtimes 5 yrs old on arrival 20 years ago, lone denizen in her age range since the dramatic departure of her childhood friends Alex and Ben who ve forsaken the Ranch and their parents in order to rescue the outside world, aptly known as the Disaster We don t really get to know other ranchers in depth, this story is Marlo s inner struggle as she matures and craves her own indepen Marlo s adoptive parents, Maya and Carlton, co founded The Ranch as a co operative enclave for liberal 1%ers in the endtimes 5 yrs old on arrival 20 years ago, lone denizen in her age range since the dramatic departure of her childhood friends Alex and Ben who ve forsaken the Ranch and their parents in order to rescue the outside world, aptly known as the Disaster We don t really get to know other ranchers in depth, this story is Marlo s inner struggle as she matures and craves her own independence Actual stories in the news so vividly support Emma Sloley s vision of environmental, geo political, and global breakdown and upheaval in Disaster s Children it is breathtaking Cynical yet sweet, Marlo is understandably a very young 25, sometimes skipping and constantly referencing her parents There is a running theme of Marlo doubting her own authenticity, she constantly worries she ll be perceived as trite, naive, a hayseed I didn t find the character of Marlo s love interest Wolf to be as wholly convincing, but to be fair his backstory was so very convoluted it s no wonder The suspenseful plot building was great, but the cliffhanger ending was a bit of a letdown if Sloley produces a sequel, I ll come back and tack on another star here Due out 5 November, I thank NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC


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    I found Disaster s Children riveting It s the first book in quite a while that I have read in one stretch, devouring it over a long summer s day, pausing only to make a sandwich and take it back to the couch I fell in a bit in love with Marlo, Sloley s main character Sheltered yes, but asking so many questions of herself, good questions, that so many of us are asking, even if our choices are not as stark as a gated community versus the outside world I enjoyed Marlo s self consciousness and u I found Disaster s Children riveting It s the first book in quite a while that I have read in one stretch, devouring it over a long summer s day, pausing only to make a sandwich and take it back to the couch I fell in a bit in love with Marlo, Sloley s main character Sheltered yes, but asking so many questions of herself, good questions, that so many of us are asking, even if our choices are not as stark as a gated community versus the outside world I enjoyed Marlo s self consciousness and uncertainties, her lust for life or at least her idea of life, her honesty, and her naive courage And I enjoyed the ambiguity in the portrayal of Wolf, with whom she is falling in love is he or isn t he what he seems I enjoyed the way Sloley has our devastating near future sidle up on us, as Marlo feelsandintently the limits of and the dissonance within her world, an almost off grid utopia for the privileged, and the desire to go and do something, even just for the sake of trying Will she or won t she She seems so unprepared And when I have to let her go, I m loath to do so, to put the book down, to return to earth


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Disaster's Children: A Novel summary pdf Disaster's Children: A Novel, summary chapter 2 Disaster's Children: A Novel, sparknotes Disaster's Children: A Novel, Disaster's Children: A Novel f65b1ac As The World Dies, A Woman Must Choose Between Her Own Survival And That Of Humankind Raised In A Privileged Community Of Wealthy Survivalists On An Idyllic, Self Sustaining Oregon Ranch, Marlo Has Always Been Insulated The Outside World, Which The Ranchers Call The Disaster, Is A Casualty Of Ravaging Climate Change, A Troubled Landscape On The Brink Of Catastrophe For As Long As Marlo Can Remember, The Unknown That Lies Beyond The Borders Of Her Utopia Has Been A Curious Obsession But Just As She Plans Her Escape Into The Chaos Of The Real World, A Charismatic New Resident Gives Her A Compelling Reason To Stay And, Soon Enough, A Reason To Doubt And To Fear His IntentionsNow, Feeling And Trapped In A Paradise That S Become A Prison, Marlo Has A Choice Stay In The Only Home She S Ever Known Or Break Away, Taking Its Secrets Of Survival With HerSet In A Chillingly Possible, Very Near Future, Disaster S Children Is A Provocative Debut Novel About Holding On To What We Know And Letting Go Of It For The Unknown And The Unknowable

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  • Disaster's Children: A Novel
  • Emma Sloley
  • 25 October 2018

About the Author: Emma Sloley

Emma Sloley began her career as an editor at Harper s BAZAAR Australia before moving to New York to become a freelance travel writer Her short fiction and creative non fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Catapult, Yemassee Journal, The Masters Review Anthology, The Tishman Review, Structo, Cleaver, JMWW, and Barren magazine.Her travel writing has been published in Travel Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures, Coastal Living, Gourmet Traveller, Virtuoso Life and New York magazine, among many others.Emma is a MacDowell fellow and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and her debut novel, DISASTER S CHILDREN, is forthcoming from Little A Books on November 5, 2019.Born in Australia, Emma now divides her time between the US and the city of M rida, Mexico She lives with her husband, the writer Adam McCulloch.