The High House by Jessie Greengrass


Dystopian scenarios come in varying forms. Sometimes they end up hitting too close to reality. I am not talking of a pandemic but the effects of global warming in one particular location.
When the story began, I was not sure what I was reading. The further I got into the narrative, the picture becomes clearer and murkier at the same time. We have an educated family with slightly complicated relationships that anticipate the coming of disturbances thanks to the ignored warnings of global warming. There are three distinct voices who lets the tale unfold. Two of these are girls/women, and we trace them from childhood to the adults they are now, living in the precarious condition that human behaviour leaves them at. There are no dramatic turns of events, no zombies, and the end of the world is slow. Every alternate season provides a respite. The relationships between everyone involved are a continuing focal point with the collapse of the functioning world used as a backdrop.
It is an interesting if sad book. I would have liked it even better without the complications of the time shifts in the narrative and if the plot was slightly more straightforward. I would recommend this to readers who want a non-pandemic dystopia that does not read like Sci-fi but like the daily newspapers of the past few years.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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