Image of New York 2140

NEW YORK 2140

Image of New York 2140

Robinson embraces the darkest visions of the future, mixing it with wry humor, inexhaustible creativity and incorrigible excitement to create a world that is surprisingly recognizable, utterly immersive and unexpectedly hopeful. As much a critique of contemporary capitalism, social mores and timeless human foibles, this energetic, multi-layered narrative is also a model of visionary worldbuilding. The effortless shifts between various narrative voices offers a fully realized view of this new world, and builds a novel that works on both the grand scale and in its day-to-day details. Fans who have long-awaited the development of Robinson’s drowned New York, as well as newcomers, will find a great deal to enjoy — and to consider — in these pages.

In the 22nd century, the waters have risen, submerging the coasts and submerging New York City. But humanity adapted, building bridges between skyscraper islands, and developing a new social hierarchy and economy to help their new world thrive. But as the rules of civilization change, a few insightful inhabitants of one residential building will begin to see how those rules can be manipulated, creating ripple effects in this drowned city that will prove that no change is ever permanent, and no evolution is ever complete. (ORBIT, Mar., 624 pp., $28.00)

Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown