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The Annual Migration of Clouds
The Annual Migration of Clouds | Premee Mohamed
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In post-climate disaster Alberta, a woman infected with a mysterious parasite must choose whether to pursue a rare opportunity far from home or stay and help rebuild her community The world is nothing like it once was: climate disasters have wracked the continent, causing food shortages, ending industry, and leaving little behind. Then came Cad, mysterious mind-altering fungi that invade the bodies of the now scattered citizenry. Reid, a young woman who carries this parasite, has been given a chance to get away -- to move to one of the last remnants of pre-disaster society -- but she can't bring herself to abandon her mother and the community that relies on her. When she's offered a coveted place on a dangerous and profitable mission, she jumps at the opportunity to set her family up for life, but how can Reid ask people to put their trust in her when she can't even trust her own mind? With keen insight and biting prose, Premee Mohamed delivers a deeply personal tale in this post-apocalyptic hopepunk novella that reflects on the meaning of community and asks what we owe to those who have lifted us up.
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rachelsbrittain
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I really liked this dystopian novella about a girl living in a world wracked by climate change and a strange fungal condition affecting a large part of the population and impacting their behavior. After being accepted into a prestigious university, she must decide whether to take a chance and leave her community behind or stay and live the life she's always known.

TW for mentions of suicide and suicide attempt

IndoorDame I really liked this one too! 1mo
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DivineDiana
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Thank you #booked2022 for introducing me to the term #hopepunk ! Hope Punk was coined in 2017. The characters fight for positive versions of future worlds.This book is listed as being a part of that sci- fi genre. Set in post climate disaster Alberta, a young woman infected with a mysterious parasite must decide whether to remain with her mother in the community that has nurtured her, or to take a chance on a different future with many unknowns.

Cinfhen Hurray!!! You‘re on a roll!! 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Only one more to finish it up! 🙂 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 🙌🏻 2mo
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DivineDiana
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Current audiobook. Only two prompts remaining for #booked2022 #hopepunk

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! You‘ve got this!!!!! 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you for the encouragement! ❤️ 2mo
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adoramichaels
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A different kind of book. Open-ending Novella, so might not be for everyone.
#Novella #hopepunk #awardwinning

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everlocalwest
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I had ~*feelings*~ reading this! This slight novella isn't earth shattering but it does pack an emotional punch.

Mohamed is reckoning with the future of climate change and those aspects are well thought out and terrifying, but what really hits you is the universal story of growing beyond your sense of safety into the fullness of what life can be. How does one leave family and community, with all of its challenges, and journey into the unknown?

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kwmg40
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A 2022 Aurora Best Novella nominee, this story explores the difficult choices a teenage girl must make in an apocalyptic world ravaged by a climate disaster and a mind-altering parasite. #auroraawards

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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Bookalong
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5🌟A wonderfully clever post-apocalyptic novella that hits on community, survival, and radical hope.
I loved this tiny yet hard hitting book! It had everything I want in a dystopian novella. Fantastic prose, its speculative but literary at the same time. Offers an optimistic outlook on post apocalyptic life, and had an interesting premis! #bookreview #canlit #bookblogger #booktweet #booktok

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TheKidUpstairs
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Reid has the opportunity to leave her "city" for university in a far off, protected dome. But what does she owe to her family? Friends? Community? And what does she owe to herself? Can she learn to live with the Cad, a fungal infection inherited from her mother? This is not a fast-paced, action-packed post-apocalyptic novella. Rather it is slow and considered, raising questions that have no real answers but will leave you thinking.

Cinfhen I heard good things about this book 💛 11mo
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen very different from what I expected, but once I adjusted to what it was I really liked it. 11mo
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"You don't name it; you don't give it a name, either."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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shanaqui

Oof. A few years ago this would have screwed with my anxiety so bad. Don't read if mysterious mind controlling fungal infections get to you!

I'm enjoying it, though -- it's so beautifully written, and I'm curious how it's going to resolve.

Johanna414 Well, that just makes me want to read it! 🤣 12mo
shanaqui @Johanna414 It doesn't bother me anymore either (I'm studying for a degree in infectious diseases now)! It's a fascinating setup. 12mo
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Clwojick Great match! 💕 12mo
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IndoorDame
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I absolutely loved this! In the first chapter I had no idea what was going on, and I tried to sort out the particulars of the post apocalyptic future we were in while I enjoyed the poetic language. But the story quickly took shape and everything became clearer. The world in this short novel is harsh, but humanity‘s best traits have survived. This left me full of delicious questions about what happens next. #Booked2022 #WeatherTermInTheTitle

Cinfhen Ohhhh, this sounds like a potential for #HopePunk!!!!! #stacked 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks for posting and sharing 🤩 12mo
IndoorDame @Cinfhen I think, yes! 😀 12mo
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Cinfhen Yay🙌🏻 12mo
Tera66 I love this cover! 12mo
IndoorDame @Tera66 me too! 12mo
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IndoorDame
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You don‘t name it; you don‘t give it a name, either.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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sebrittainclark
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5/5

Reid's life is on the cusp of major changes as she has to decide what direction her future will go in a future where climate change has made life as we know it impossible. The language is beautiful, and I love that the entire novella is set in the spot before the hero decides to embark on her journey and that in this novella, her decision whether or not to embark is the journey.

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1. The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed and When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

2. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

3. I just cleared them all out with A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria last week, so I need start getting more on the list again.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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sebrittainclark
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1. The Eloquence of the Sardine by Bill François and The Annual Migration of Cloud by Premee Mohamed

2. Excel for general tracking, goodreads/litsy for my TBR and reviews, and StoryGraph for reading challenges

3. Maybe this Christmas by Susannah Nix (putting together a festive December TBR)

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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FelinesAndFelonies
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This little novella is simply AMAZING! I loved it so much. There was more character development, story, & heart in less than 200 pages than in many full length novels. A masterpiece. This dystopian cli-fi presents a view of the world ravaged by fall out from climate change. Food shortages, disease, & scarce resources heavily influences civilization. Reid is a young woman living in this world who must choose between her dream & her community.⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Victory!!! A mere 27 days late but it has arrived! Take that shipping delays!

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Lindy
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The way we live now breaks the whole world. This intimate novella is set in a small community in the future, in a landscape ravaged by climate change. Nothing is fair. People are still people, getting on with their lives, even while some are living with an inheritable symbiotic fungus. I deeply appreciate the matter-of-fact portrayal of both good things & bad. I guess that‘s what‘s meant by the hopepunk genre? #CanadianAuthor #shadowgiller2021

Reggie When I listened to the episode of Pseudopod the other night, the host talked about this book because I think the author works somewhere within Pseudopod. You liking it bodes well. Stacked. 1y
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Lindy
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The main characters in this dystopian SF novella live in apartments created in the structure that was the University of Alberta‘s Biological Sciences building. In the early 1980s I worked there for 2 years (2 maternity leave replacement contracts) in the library of the now defunct Boreal Institute for Northern Studies. Fellow Library Littens: the cataloguing system was the Universal Decimal Classification!
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Crazeedi Very interesting 1y
Lindy @Crazeedi It‘s fun to read something set in my hometown 😊 1y
Crazeedi @Lindy yes that would be so cool 1y
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Civilization? A terrible idea, a terrible word. Civilization is a word from Back Then—a noun meaning something that had destroyed itself because that is what civilizations were meant to do, and a verb meaning “to ruin by extraction.”

(Photo by Edward Burtynsky https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/projects/photographs/mines)

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Lindy
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Fat white clouds over the valley, blustering and important, on their way to some committee or other. Places to be.

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Lindy
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Magpies always seem to want to know what you‘re doing; and once they know, they want to supervise. “Go away,” I tell them. “You‘re terrible spies.”

CarolynM Or they want to attack you! 1y
Lindy @CarolynM Maybe the Australian magpies are that cranky, but in Edmonton (where this book is set) magpies tend to leave people alone UNLESS they are guarding their nests. In that case, watch out! 1y
CarolynM It is only in nesting season that they swoop here too, it's just that they're so savage then it kind of makes you wary all year round! 1y
Lindy @CarolynM I can understand being wary. I love magpies but there‘s a sizeable contingent of haters in Edmonton, mostly people who find the birds too noisy. 1y
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Lindy
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A chickadee sings. Little survivor, they don‘t migrate; none of the migratory birds come back now. This one hunkered down over the winter. Hardcore. (What does that mean? The core of what? We get half our slang from water-swollen novels spanning decades. An endless puzzle, figuring them out.)

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