About the Book
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542006082
Publisher: 47North (February 18, 2020)
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he soon falls prey to traffickers. Enslaved in an enclave outside Manchester, the resourceful and determined Caleb never loses hope of bettering himself.
After Caleb is befriended by a fellow victim of trafficking, another road opens. Hiding in the woodlands by day, guided by the stars at night, he begins a new journey—to escape to a better life, to meet someone he can trust, and to find his family. For Caleb, only one thing is certain: making his way in the world will be far more difficult than his mother imagined.
Told through multiple voices and set against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.
Praise for Bridge 108
“Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with hopeful messages will be gratified by this topical tale of human resourcefulness in the face of climate disaster.” —Publishers Weekly
Bridge 108 is a sharp and witty new dystopian story. Imagine The Giver mixed with The Outsiders and you have this new story. As I was reading this I was instantly reminded of the classic ya stories. The story is easy to read without being dull. The undertones of what it means to live in a post apocalyptic world add a layer to the decisions made by the characters.
This is a book that finally made me rejoice from seeing multiple perspectives. Primarily this story is an account of Caleb and how he finds his way after being thrust into this new life. The multiple perspectives give us a chance to see into Calebs mind and how he has survived this long even though he is only twelve years old. But they also allow us to glimpse into the minds of the adults in Caleb’s life and how their thoughts and actions differ from what Caleb believes. It is a true case of utilizing unreliable narrators against one another to unfold the true story.
The writing both gives away a lot of information as well as withholds a lot from the reader. We are given tidbits and snippets of information on what happened to the world from the eyes of the characters memories. This unreliability of “memory diving” helps to darken the tone of the book. We are not sure of exactly what happened to make the world this way. We are not sure of the validity of the information from the characters. But what we do know is that every person is in survival mode, which means that no one can be trusted.
The characters were all very interesting to me. I like the juxtaposition between the mind of a child and the mind of the adults in this new and terrible world. The characters are dealing with the rippling shocks of wildfires, climate change, and forced migration from “the fire.” One part of society is functioning on chips that extinguish any chance of addiction and other undesirable qualities. Our characters live on the other side of humanity. The humans that still have their “spark,” but are also desperately trying to survive amidst a society of hive minded individuals.
About the Author
SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND, her second novel, was named by The Guardian as one of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015
Anne Charnock’s journalism has appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Geographical. She was educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied Environmental Sciences, and at The Manchester School of Art, England where she gained a Masters in Fine Art.
As a foreign correspondent, she travelled widely in Africa, the Middle East and India and spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.
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