Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Beyond What Separates Us by R.A. Morris + #Giveaway


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Book Details:

Book Title:  Beyond What Separates Us by R.A. Morris
Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  277 pages
GenreDystopian, Sci-Fi
PublisherIguana Books
Release date:   September, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 Some swearing and violent scenes.  
 
Book Description:

Four strangers from distant parts of the world struggle to survive on a planet torn apart by war, greed and disease. Living under drastically different circumstances, they are each presented with an opportunity to choose what type of world they want to live in. Beyond What Separates Us follows these four strangers as they attempt to overcome hardships and reach their full potential. This is a story about the best and worst aspects of humanity clashing to determine not only the fate of our species but all other life on Earth. 
 
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Beyond What Separates Us is a science-based novel that explores the aftermath of global devastation caused by climate change. Four characters, located in different parts of the world and living in very different circumstances, illustrate scarily plausible futures for humanity within the coming century. Having recently read Jonathan Porritt's depressing nonfiction work, Hope In Hell, on just this subject, I can attest to the accuracy of Morris' research. While I did struggle to keep each of the four lead characters separated in my head (because they all speak with remarkably similar voices) the scenarios in which they find themselves are vividly portrayed and convincingly authentic. I liked that Morris takes into account the present and recent history for each area, using this to extrapolate into the future so the Colombian character's life is still dominated by gangs and local warlords while, in Canada, an orderly megacity is thriving and India has vast crumbling slums.

Beyond What Separates Us focuses on what sort of society could be rebuilt on a planet where half the human population has been wiped out by lack of resources (and the resultant long-running wars to cling to what remained) over just a few decades. There are lots of discussions around what constitutes freedom and ideas of social responsibility versus personal choice which I found interesting. Some people are trying to reinstate outdated concepts of government and democracy while others are building independent self-supporting farming communes. There is a surprising lack of any religious beliefs among the survivors though which is perhaps overly optimistic, and farmed animals still 'give us' their eggs and milk (as if they have freedom of choice too!). 

Beyond What Separates Us is a novel on an impressively ambitious scale, especially for a debut, and one which I felt achieved its aims in an entertaining yet thoughtful way. It depicts humanity at our absolute worst, yet with moments of joy and hope. Its premise that we failed to reverse the climate emergency in time will hopefully resonate with enough readers to help avert this disastrous prophecy and keep the novel as science fiction. As a fatalistic-resilient though, I expect many of Morris's predictions to come true.



 
Meet the Author:

R.A Morris was raised in Ancaster, Ontario and holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University. After graduate school he spent a year teaching science in Honduras before heading back to Canada to work in the environmental sector. He has lived in the small remote community of Fort Good Hope and the territorial capital of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. He currently lives in Toronto. His first novel, Beyond What Separates Us, is a timely work of speculative fiction that offers a glimpse of what societies may look like if we continue on our path of ecological degradation.

Connect with the Author:  twitter  ~  facebook  ~ instagram  goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

Sep 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 - Pen Possessed – book review
Sep 10 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 10 - Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 11 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Sep 14 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 15 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
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Sep 16 – Momfluenster – book spotlight / giveaway
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Sep 16 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Sep 17 - Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Sep 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 22 – My Fictional Oasis – book review  
 
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