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How High We Go in the Dark: A Novel | Sequoia Nagamatsu
"For fans of Cloud Atlas and Station Eleven, a spellbinding and profoundly prescient debut that follows a cast of intricately linked characters over hundreds of years as humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a climate plague-a daring and deeply heartfelt work of mind-bending imagination from a singular new voice. Beginning in 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the Batagaika crater, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost, including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who appears to have died of an ancient virus. Once unleashed, the Arctic Plague will reshape life on earth for generations to come, quickly traversing the globe, forcing humanity to devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace possibility in the face of tragedy. In a theme park designed for terminally ill children, a cynical employee falls in love with a mother desperate to hold on to her infected son. A heartbroken scientist searching for a cure finds a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects-a pig-develops the capacity for human speech. A widowed painter and her teenaged granddaughter embark on a cosmic quest to locate a new home planet. From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead to interstellar starships, Sequoia Nagamatsu takes readers on a wildly original and compassionate journey, spanning continents, centuries, and even celestial bodies to tell a story about the resiliency of the human spirit, our infinite capacity to dream, and the connective threads that tie us all together in the universe"--
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Loved my time with this. Such a cool concept and well-executed. The interconnected stories from various POVs work so well to paint a complete picture of the Arctic plague pandemic. Somber, but also reads like a love letter to humanity. Very moving. Pig Son, in particular, had me reaching for the tissues.

Look forward to reading the thoughts of my fellow campers! #CampLitsy

squirrelbrain Great review! I‘m more intrigued now…! 7h
Oryx I've just finished the Snortorius chapter 😭 7h
Megabooks I‘m really enjoying my reread. Glad you enjoyed it too! I think we‘ll have a good camp discussion. 👍🏻🏕 7h
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SUPER SALE ALERT for my British friends #CampLitsy #CampTOB

BarbaraBB Thanks Michele!! 13h
Megabooks Thanks for sharing! 12h
Soubhiville Perfect timing! 4h
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Look what‘s on kindle deal today! 😉 perfect timing for #camplitsy #camptob in June. 👍

BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing! 20h
squirrelbrain That is *perfect* timing! ❤️ 18h
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Dead chuffed! 😁 👍 16h
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Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 15h
youneverarrived Ohh I‘ve been checking to see if it would come up on offer, thanks for sharing 😁 (edited) 14h
Megabooks Thanks for posting!! 🎉🏕 12h
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs

🦋 Tagged for #CampLitsy, it‘s currently a 4⭐️. Have about 2 hours left.

🦋Oo tough. An Impossible Imposter

🦋 I am grateful for being able to provide myself with self care. Got a pedicure today and it was lovely.


Eggs #3-how fun 🤩 1d
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Wow! All I can say is Wow! And comparisons to Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell are apt.

sarahbarnes Just got this one from the library - I‘m looking forward to it. 4d
arubabookwoman @sarahbarnes It's very bleak, even devastating, at the beginning. Just be forewarned. But overall I found it hopeful, and entirely original. 4d
merelybookish That's exciting! I just started it but already feel a confidence in the writing. 4d
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arubabookwoman @merelybookish Like Cloud Atlas, there are many subtle connections among the characters/events in the chapters which at first may seem unconnected. I went back and reread/skimmed after I finished, and it was so cool to see how it all tied together. 4d
Megabooks I found it dark but hopeful too. Great review! I hope you join us for the #CampLitsy discussions. (edited) 4d
Cathythoughts Sounds good , I‘m looking forward to reading soon. 4d
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Pretty excited about this lovely stack of books that came in at the library! I have Litsy to thank for some of these, and am looking forward to the first #CampLitsy selection as well! 📚

squirrelbrain Great stack - I see a few that were on the #campToB longlist too…. 4d
vivastory I just received a notification that my hold of Paradais arrived 📚 4d
Megabooks Fantastic stack!! 😁 4d
BarbaraBB Great stack. Good you are all set for the first #CampLitsy read! 4d
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My haul from yesterday‘s London bookshop crawl with @squirrelbrain @Oryx @Leniverse and @LeeRHarry - what a lovely day out. Let me just say that many a book was bought. 😅

Oryx Such a lovely day ❣️ 5d
BarbaraBB Wow! 5d
squirrelbrain I didn‘t even know that you‘d bought Portable Magic…🤣 I nearly bought that too! 5d
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Soubhiville Great stack! It looks like you all had a perfect day! 5d
LeeRHarry Fab day and great stack! 😀 5d
scripturient @squirrelbrain I bought that one at Daunt early in the morning. 😁 5d
squirrelbrain That explains it then! 5d
Simona Nice pile❣️ 4d
LiteraryinLawrence Sounds like a magical day! 4d
Dragon Excellent haul 📚💚🐉 4d
marleed What a great day! 4d
Oryx @squirrelbrain Me too! 4d
scripturient @squirrelbrain @Oryx Potential book club read? 😁 4d
LeahBergen Nice! 👏👏 4d
Megabooks 🤩🤩 4d
Cathythoughts Lovely ❤️ 4d
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“In Siberia, the thawing ground was a ceiling on the verge of collapse, sodden with ice melt and the mammoth detritus of prehistory.”


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repost for @squirrelbrain

Here is the JUNE schedule for #CampLitsy!

We will discuss the first half of How High We Go In The Dark on June 4th, then the remainder on June 11th.

Then the first half of True Biz will be June 18th, and the second half on June 25th.

I‘m excited to be your host for June, alongside @BarbaraBB and @Megabooks !

original post: https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2411051

squirrelbrain Thanks for the repost! 1w
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IF my library has it, I am on long waits already. 🥴OR - they‘ll all come available at once and I get 2 weeks. But look at this pretty ⛺️ card a friend sent me yesterday! 🥰

RaeLovesToRead Oh wow, that card is gorgeous! 🙂 1w
Megabooks Oh wow! That card is beautiful! 1w
BkClubCare @RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks - and SO timely! Love it 💕 1w
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squirrelbrain That‘s a bit frustrating! But the card is beautiful, and perfect timing! 🏕 1w
Larkken Hah, I know your pain. I did not think I was so out of touch with what everyone else is excited to read this summer, but here we are with 2 month waitlists! I‘ll have to get creative 😉 1w
BkClubCare @Larkken - it‘s hardly enough time to run across town and purchase and I really dislike buying from bigA. Haven‘t checked those prices yet. I‘ve already blown my yearly book budget $! 1w
Larkken @BkClubCare yea. I‘m debating doing the scribd trial, maybe? 😬 1w
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Here is the first part of our schedule for #CampLitsy!

We will discuss the first half of How High We Go In The Dark on June 4th, then the remainder on June 11th.

Then the first half of True Biz will be June 18th, and the second half on June 25th.

I‘m excited to be your host for June, alongside @BarbaraBB and @Megabooks !

Look out for their posts later today with the remainder of the schedule.

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Chelsea.Poole These are actually the two I‘ve already read so I‘m feeling ahead of the game. Rare! 😆 But these are both excellent books and I think we will have plenty to discuss. 1w
Caroline2 Oh my! Both of these sound soooo good! 😯 great choices!! 😃 1w
batsy Oh, great! I'm looking forward to this. Thanks so much 😊 1w
Emilymdxn So excited to join in! I‘ll run and get a copy on my lunch break 1w
BarbaraBB I have already read How High but am looking forward to True Biz. I‘ll try get my copy during lunch break too! 1w
Cinfhen Exciting line up but I‘m already sure I can predict which one will be my preferred winner 😁Looking forward 1w
jlhammar Perfect! The two I happen to own already to kick things off. Recently finished True Biz and was planning to start How High soon anyhow. Can't wait! 1w
rockpools Exciting! Will go shopping 😁 1w
Laughterhp Going to have to try and find a copy of true biz! It‘s super popular at my library so might need to buy this one! 😁 1w
vivastory Great 👍 I just checked out How High We Go from the library 1w
Oryx Excellent! 1w
squirrelbrain Ooh, you are *so* ahead of the game @Chelsea.Poole 🤣 Good to know there‘s lots of discussion to be had! 1w
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 @batsy @Oryx - looking forward to some fantastic reading! 1w
squirrelbrain I think I might know mine too @cinfhen, but I haven‘t read either yet so we‘ll see! 1w
squirrelbrain @Emilymdxn @BarbaraBB @rockpools @Laughterhp - always happy to enable a bit of book shopping! 1w
squirrelbrain That‘s really lucky @jlhammar - what did you think of True Biz? 1w
squirrelbrain @vivastory - looking forward to our discussion! 1w
squirrelbrain Tagging you @cariashley as I missed you off - apologies! 1w
jlhammar @squirrelbrain I really enjoyed True Biz. A good one for discussion, I think. It will be interesting to see where the group lands between these two! 1w
Ruthiella Excellent! I‘m picking both up today from the library. 😃 1w
sarahbarnes Excited for both of these! I‘m on long waitlists at the library for both, but I‘m actually getting another library card this weekend for the town next door and hoping their waitlists are shorter! 1w
squirrelbrain It will be very interesting to see! @jlhammar 1w
squirrelbrain Glad that your library has both @Ruthiella Hopefully your neighbouring library will have them @sarahbarnes 1w
Kdgordon88 A great start. I already have both books so am ready for 🏕 💜 1w
sarahbellum I‘m going to try to join in for True Biz! Adding myself to all the library waitlists now 🙃 1w
squirrelbrain @sarahbellum Glad to have you join! Can we add Sarah onto the tag list please? @Megabooks 1w
squirrelbrain That‘s great that you have both books already! @Kdgordon88 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain absolutely! Welcome to camp @sarahbellum ! 🏕😁 1w
Hooked_on_books Nice! I‘ve read these two (liked both), so hopefully I‘ll remember enough when discussion time comes around! 1w
sarahbellum Thank you, @Megabooks! 🤗 1w
MrsV Just checked out How High We Go in the Dark, and placed a hold for True Biz. Fingers crossed I get it in time we read that one. (edited) 1w
squirrelbrain Fingers crossed indeed! @MrsV 1w
squirrelbrain Glad you liked them both Holly @Hooked_on_books - looking forward to discussions! 1w
Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻 thanks Helen ! 7d
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Here are my #summercampsuggestions for #CampTOB22 I used a combo of my mental TBR, fellow Littens' posts & a quick browse of Lit Hub's '22 most anticipated guide, A quick caveat: I did not post any books that I would like to see on the end of the yr TOB. None of the 3 big April releases (Stuart, Mandel, Egan), the recent Batuman or the forthcoming Mosfegh. I wouldn't be upset if the ones I posted made it onto the regular TOB & they're still TBR.

Cinfhen Nice choices!! I‘m just adding more books to my TBR 3w
vivastory @Cinfhen Same here! I noticed the following on multiple lists, including yours. Moving to the top of my TBR 3w
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Ruthiella We have some overlap! I also considered picking Darnielle...but I‘ve not read him yet and kinda want to start with 3w
vivastory @Ruthiella Great minds! I hope to read How High etc in the next couple of weeks. Wolf in White Van is my favorite of the two that I have read. 3w
BarbaraBB Such clever thoughts in putting together this list. I am so interested in the Chaon and I didn‘t know about an new Moshfegh 💝💝💝 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! The new Chaon sounds really interesting, as does the new Moshfegh which will be a bit of a departure as it's set during medieval times. 3w
BarbaraBB Moshfegh in medieval times? That makes me think of Groff - which is not definitely a good thing. 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm hoping it will be characters similar to her previous books, only in a different setting 🤞 3w
rockpools I‘m interested in the Zambra novel - didn‘t know that existed. I‘ve only read his short stories, but really liked them, so high hopes! 3w
vivastory @rockpools I have high hopes! I loved 3w
rockpools @vivastory Wow. I‘ll try that - it sounds like nothing else! 3w
merelybookish Wow, these are great. I am curious about Chilean Poet and anything close to Matrix and I'm sold! 😀 3w
vivastory @merelybookish I just keep imagining a Moshfegh character in that world 3w
merelybookish @vivastory I've only read My Year of Rest & Relaxation so imagine the nun who just doesn't nothing. The anti-Marie. 3w
vivastory @merelybookish Right?! "Why bother? The world is trash anyways. We're born to suffer & die." ? 3w
sarahbarnes Great list! I‘m adding Chilean Poet to my list. And I really want to read how high we go. And a new Moshfegh - I missed that! Thank you! 3w
Megabooks Great list! I‘d like to see the Darnielle there. 3w
BarbaraBB Multiple Choice sounds great! 3w
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This book was amazing! It centers around a global pandemic and catastrophic environmental disaster in the near future, which we can all relate to. loved how each chapter was its own story, connected to the other stories through characters or experiences, allowing the reader (or listener in my case) to marvel at how each of us is connected to all others on a grand or small scale, through shared loss, pain, family, hope, and so much more.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I loved this book, which is more extremely interconnected short stories than novel. The ending was superb as well!

In the near future, climate change has released a deadly plague from the melted Siberian tundra. The initial story is about the family that discovered it. Then there are stories about waves of infection and then how humanity is left changed afterwards. It is dark stuff. The one about a euthanasia amusement park was a favorite.

Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘ve got to disagree with you. Loved this one! And yes, I managed to find hope. 💜 4w
Megabooks @vivastory this may be too dark for some times, but I think you‘d like it. 4w
vivastory Thanks for the tag, Meg! This one is on my TBR & can I say the cover is 👏 👏 4w
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Megabooks @vivastory you‘re welcome! Excited for your thoughts. the cover is definitely 🔥🔥 (edited) 4w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, definitely gonna have a listen this month!!! Would it work for #HopePunk ??? 4w
BarbaraBB I am happy you loved it! Most people did, I think. And I love your edition! 4w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m such a hopeful person that I always find hope, but I‘m not sure other people would. It was pretty dark, so I don‘t know if you‘d feel hope reading it. It‘s a great book though! 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! It‘s a great cover. 4w
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Too many loan choices!

What should I read first?
How high we go in the dark
The long song of Tchaikovsky Street
His only wife
When we were birds
No one round here reads Tolstoy
Listening still
Fugitive pedagogy : Carter G. Woodson and the art of black teaching
A swim in a pond in the rain
The dark side of love
Kim Jiyoung, born 1982
Olga dies dreaming
The Doves Necklace
The final revival of Opal & Nev

charl08 Or The love songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
Peach blossom spring
Concerning my daughter
Lauren890 I WANT to read a lot of those books, but the only one I‘ve read is Kim Jiyoung - I really enjoyed it! Good luck making a choice! 4w
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jlhammar Wow, that is quite the list! I am planning to read both How High We Go in the Dark and Peach Blossom Spring in May. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. 4w
charl08 @Lauren890 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @jhammar I read (and enjoyed) a Korean novel about lgbtq rights 4w
charl08 And now reading a brand new book... 4w
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This one is just too much for me! Each chapter gets harder to take so it‘s a DNF for me!

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Wednesday #bookmail! So excited to have these on deck.

AmandaBlaze I loved How HighWe Go in the Dark! 2mo
jlhammar @AmandaBlaze Hope I do too! Can‘t wait! 2mo
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Nagamatsu‘s “novel in stories plus” (his description) starts with a research team in Siberia unearthing prehistoric humans and reactivating a virus. The book moves forward as this virus circles the globe and changes everything. This book is really bleak and won‘t be for everyone, but I think it‘s unique, well done, and likely to stick with me.

BkClubCare Eeek. It does sound terrifying. 2mo
Megabooks The list at my library is months long, but I think it‘s worth waiting whether than buying, but I‘m glad to see your review. 2mo
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I liked the first two sections but somehow the third section I was skim reading and not enjoying it. So decided to bail. Although I might try again at a later date.

BarbaraBB I felt similar. 2mo
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Climate change has led the Arctic ice to melt, uncovering a virus hidden for centuries.
It doesn‘t take long before a pandemic is spreading across the globe. The book tells about the pandemic and its aftermath. The premise made me think of Migrations and I had high hopes but this book is a collection of short stories rather than a novel, more SF than dystopian.

#52BooksIn52weeks #PublishedIn2022 #Booked2022 #NewIn2022
(Pic: Muscat, Oman)

CarolynM That looks like an amazing place😍 Your hotel? 3mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous picture! ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Wow! Are you in Oman? 😍 3mo
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Cinfhen Stunning photo 🤩sorry this book wasn‘t a total pick / the premise sounds so good!!!! 3mo
batsy What a gorgeous photo 😍 3mo
TrishB But look at that pic ♥️ 3mo
Megabooks Wow! 🤩🤩 I hope you‘re having an excellent vacation! 3mo
Simona Looks beautiful 😍 3mo
merelybookish Wherever you are, it looks wonderful! 3mo
charl08 Gorgeous view. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh my … I want to be there!! Thanks for your review. I keep wondering about this book. Didn‘t realize it was short stories. 3mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Yes! It‘s the most beautiful hotel I‘ve ever been too. But way too expensive too stay for more than a night! 3mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I am! Feeling so lucky 3mo
Suet624 Living your best life..that hotel is 🔥 3mo
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This book wasn't always easy (I almost gave up in the second story), but it's also haunting and beautiful and I think it's helped me start processing some grief. That being said, if you're not ready for pandemic fiction (though this doesn't reflect our current reality) you might want to sit this one out. https://youtu.be/sRUkxeBsRJc

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This was a totally immersive read for me. Each chapter tells a different person's perspective on a global plague. They were all in 1st person, but managed to sound different and unique. I believe the themes were how we adapt to loss, grief, and new possibilities. Five stars. #KickTheSlump

DieAReader 🎉🎉Great job! 3mo
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So far this book is awesome. It's the type of immersive experience where I don't feel like I'm consciously reading.

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I am obsessed with the “how much do I have left” stats visuals on the kobo

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#WeeklyForecast 08/22

That was such a good suggestion Cindy, I am really enjoying Priestdaddy! Later this week I will be traveling so I chose some books of which I heard good things recently (the Dutch one won some prices). Looking forward to reading these in the sun!

Megabooks That Priestdaddy cover is a bit odd. 😏 3mo
Megabooks But I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it! 3mo
TrishB Enjoy the books and the sun ☀️ 3mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s super odd and I can‘t imagine (yet) how it connects to the story 😂 3mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thanks Trish!! 😘 3mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! You choose well, I believe!!!! Yay for Sun & sand & family time ❤️ 3mo
squirrelbrain Have a lovely break! ☀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thank you Helen, we‘ll be going to Oman again for a week. You have good memories too of it don‘t you? Xxx 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh how lovely Barbara - I look forward to seeing some pics! Yes, we loved it there too, although such a long time ago now, 14 years! 3mo
Megabooks I‘ve read the book twice and I can‘t remember a thing that would prompt that cover! 😂😂 3mo
Suet624 You‘re traveling!!! So fun! Have a wonderful time. 3mo
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Cute new bookstore in town!

DivineDiana Nice photo! 💛 3mo
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Really absorbed in How High We Go in the Dark so far this weekend!
#weekendreading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Hope you had a good weekend of reading. 3mo
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The novel is a series of individual narratives surrounding the unfolding of a worldwide plague and its aftermath. It spans many centuries and points of view, but all the stories focus on the connectedness of humans through time and space. It is a meditation of sorts - on the ways we impact each other, the planet, and ourselves in the wake of devastation. The multi-narrator audiobook is excellent, and a good choice to hear the many characters.

Chelsea.Poole Great review! You describe it perfectly 😊 3mo
HeatherBookNerd @Chelsea.Poole thanks! 3mo
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This was a fantastic read..it starts with a man visiting the Arctic to see where his scientist daughter died, all because a virus that the melting polar ice has revealed. From there the story moves through new characters and pieces in a global virus situation. ↘️

ReadingEnvy Many of the characters are Japanese American or even just Japanese, many are scientists deep in the thick of working on aspects of the virus, but there are other characters that come up as well. The topics of death and dying are rich with cultural nuance (some people attend cremations and pick through the remaining bone fragments as part of the death ritual) and complications because of a lack of travel. ↘️ 3mo
ReadingEnvy Climate change and family separation are frequent themes, and some of the chapters are pretty "out there" in ways I think the reader will enjoy discovering.

I'll talk more about this book on an upcoming podcast and probably still not cover everything, but what a debut! It's fantastic and a bit morbid and it was a great read. ↘️
ReadingEnvy I can see why some compare him to David Mitchell, whom I love, and in some ways I'd connect it to Bewilderment by Richard Powers as well. There is a lot on death and dying in here, so treat yourself with care, as it might not be the right time. 3mo
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Prairiegirl_reading I really appreciate your reviews, positive and negative. I recently had this on my tbr and then removed it. You hit the nail on the head when you said now may not be the time. 👍🏼 3mo
ReadingEnvy @Prairiegirl_reading thank you! When you're ready for it, I hope you enjoy! 3mo
BarbaraBB You are the third one who sold this book to me. Now I go and buy it! 3mo
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB I will look forward to your thoughts! 3mo
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That cover🌙 The 1st chapter gave me Migrations vibes which is a way to say I was loving it. Then, things veer in so many different directions, in tone, location and perspective. There‘s some eerily recognizable moments from our ongoing pandemic, making this seem plausible. Turns out there‘s sci-fi here which is not my jam but this book totally is! Sad, but still hopeful. It‘s all about connection to one another. A great, thought provoking read!

AmyG Ugh…I need to finish my other ebook so I can read this! 3mo
sprainedbrain Great review! 3mo
BarbaraBB You totally sold it. I can‘t wait to start it! 3mo
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This book. Wow.

In the not-distant-at-all future, global warming leads to another pandemic that totally changes human life on earth in so many scary ways (except capitalism, which gets weirder but survives like a cockroach). Every chapter, the story skips ahead in the timeline and to a different character, until the last part of the book, where it takes us off-world and millennia into the future in a very interesting way. It‘s post-apocalyptic,⬇️

sprainedbrain it‘s science fiction, it‘s dark and depressing, but still somehow full of love and hope. The writing is fantastic, the story is incredibly imaginative, and I sort of wish it could have just gone on longer.


Julsmarshall Great review! Adding this one to my list! 3mo
AmyG Oh wow! I got this a few weeks ago on the rec of a friend. Good to hear it‘s a wow book!!! 3mo
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AmandaBlaze Excellent! It's in my ebook TBR. All the reviews I read so far have been good. 3mo
KatieDid927 Agreed! I loved it so much! 3mo
bookishbitch Sounds amazing. 3mo
sprainedbrain @Julsmarshall Thank you! 😊 3mo
Megabooks Lovely review! 3mo
Kdgordon88 Great review! Stacked! 3mo
Reggie Great enthusiastic review! 3mo
BarbaraBB Sounds fantastic. I had it stacked already! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole You describe it perfectly! I just finished and I agree, I would happily listen to many more chapters. 🌙 3mo
Suet624 Jeepers! Sounds fantastic! 3mo
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20/150 I think this is one of those books that will mean different things to different people. I see the similarities with Station Eleven that people have mentioned, although I thought SE was the better book. There were times when I had to set this book aside, it was too sad, brought up too many painful memories. Be forewarned, if you are someone who cries easily, you might want to have the tissues ready. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

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Phew, I will need something lighthearted after reading #HowHighWeGoInTheDark, a novel about a different plague and how humanity reacts. It‘s both frightening (capitalism will still make a profit although millions are dying) and hopeful (many humans remain kind). As with many books like this, I soon grew confused with all the different perspectives 😕. But a couple of chapters were very impactful.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,5/5

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HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK by Sequoia Nagamatsu
Pandemic novel with interesting twist in the last quarter, but is seriously depressing. Be in a good headspace for this one.
#BookReview #scifi #pandemicbooks #NetGalley #reading
Full review at: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2022/02/02/how-high-we-go-in-the-dark-sequo...

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January wrap-up

j9brown 😮 nice! 4mo
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This lyrical, contemplative book tells the story of a group of scientists who, in essence, reanimate an ancient virus and you can guess what happens next. Published as a novel, this book is really more of a group of interconnected short stories that explore grief, resilience, hope, connections, and the human spirit‘s unwillingness to give up in the face of incredible odds. The writing is great, some chapters great, others just ok. A good read.

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Now that I've gotten God of War out of the way, I can dive into the audiobook I've been excited to start. I've heard a lot of great things about this book, people comparing to Station Eleven, a book I loved.

AmyG Congrats on your win last night! 4mo
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Loved it! 💚

Yes, it's dark. Yes, there are sections that relate far too accurately to today's world. But through it all, this book has hope underneath the tragedy and the bleakness. Each story is different, yet similar enough to make this book flow and come together in a wonderful way.

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I‘m hearing great things about this book so I‘m starting my “snowy, it‘s the end of the semester” three day weekend with this one.

ju.ca.no Sounds good! Enjoy🤗 4mo
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This book is wrecking me. Pig Son took me out for like 2 days couldn‘t stop thinking about it.

Addison_Reads I just got this from my library. Now I will be more prepared emotionally when I start it. 4mo
AmyG I just got this. Thanks for the heads up. (edited) 4mo
TheBookStacker @Addison_Reads @AmyG I was truly not expecting it to affect me like that but that story crept up on me and then all of a sudden I‘m crying… 4mo
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1. How High We Go In The Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu, anybody reading this currently?😄
2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
3. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

Would you like to join in? @MadelineMcCrae @Smrloomis @eeclayton @Itchyfeetreader @LaurelChandler @damselsgotballs @TheSpineView @Eggs

damselsgotballs Thanks for the tag! 4mo
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DannyDan @TheSpineView Welcome!🤗 4mo
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LaurelChandler Sure, thanks for the tag 😊 4mo
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I asked the bookstore today on any updates on the books I pre-ordered, How High We Go In The Dark and Reminders of Him. Both of them were released on Tuesday. I told them to ship it to my parents house because I‘m staying there over the weekend. They told me it could take weeks 😩. Shipment is really bad here because of COVID and also paper shortage.

#newbooks #remindersofhim #howhighwegointhedark

Suet624 where do you live? 4mo
Suet624 Some parts of the US are experiencing slow postage so I was wondering if you lived here. 4mo
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Currently reading HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK, a post-apocalyptic novel about humanity tries to rebuild after a climate plague.

Oooof, this book is dark. Beautifully written but DARK.

What are you guys reading?

*ARC provided by by the pub

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New books are the best!!!!

Johanna414 Especially when they have covers as gorgeous as this!!! 4mo
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A mosaic novel exploring responses to grief in a terrible pandemic. It‘s full of interesting world building and poignant scenarios, but I found the stories a bit naive and rather repetitive (and I hated the final reveal). Mileage will vary - as a series of studies of grief there‘s lots to admire; I would have preferred fewer but longer (and deeper) stories.

Full review: https://onemore.org/2022/01/15/how-high-we-go-in-the-dark/

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I loved this book so much. It‘s being compared to Station Eleven a lot, which I get because both are well-done novels about plague. This book also has its own unique magic. Jenny Lawson uses the word “bleak” in her Goodreads review. And while that‘s true, I feel like what the planet is going through now is fairly bleak. For me, these stories added a glimpse of hope to that bleakness.

#ARC pub date 1/18

Chelsea.Poole I love the cover on this one. 5mo
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This novel in stories blew my mind 🤯

This novel begins with a climate change narrative. Then a pandemic quickly takes over the globe, the aftermath is as telling as the crisis. AND. THEN. things get really freaky!!! Coming in January


BarbaraBB This sounds so scary but I have to stack 😃 7mo
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If you liked Station Eleven, stack this one.
In a series of linked stories, this novel tells the story of a pandemic, but more than that, what people changed afterward in their lives (or didn‘t). I didn‘t know how much I needed a pandemic book, one that didn‘t shy away from the grief and weirdness and awkwardness. A year ago, I couldn‘t have read this book. Now, I needed it. Comes out in January from William Morrow.

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