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!EBOOK ♪ Blackfish City ♴ After The Climate Wars, A Floating City Is Constructed In The Arctic Circle, A Remarkable Feat Of Mechanical And Social Engineering, Complete With Geothermal Heating And Sustainable Energy The City S Denizens Have Become Accustomed To A Roughshod New Way Of Living, However, The City Is Starting To Fray Along The Edges Crime And Corruption Have Set In, The Contradictions Of Incredible Wealth Alongside Direst Poverty Are Spawning Unrest, And A New Disease Called The Breaks Is Ravaging The PopulationWhen A Strange New Visitor Arrives A Woman Riding An Orca, With A Polar Bear At Her Side The City Is Entranced The Orcamancer, As She S Known, Very Subtly Brings Together Four People Each Living On The Periphery To Stage Unprecedented Acts Of Resistance By Banding Together To Save Their City Before It Crumbles Under The Weight Of Its Own Decay, They Will Learn Shocking Truths About Themselves Blackfish City Is A Remarkably Urgent And Ultimately Very Hopeful Novel About Political Corruption, Organized Crime, Technology Run Amok, The Consequences Of Climate Change, Gender Identity, And The Unifying Power Of Human Connection Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations I thought if I was patient enough, I d finally get into it , but nope, never did The last 30 pages I enjoyed than the rest, but that didn t make up for struggling through the previous 295 So why didn t I love it I mean, it s got ingredients that would make for a kick ass, highly intriguing, un put downable book A very diverse set of characters, including an orca riding, polar bear befriending lesbian A mysterious, deadly, and highly contagious disease spreading through the city s denizens A corrupt government Human beings mentally bonded with other animals using nanotechnology Organized crime Crazy nut job fundamentalists A shady pharmaceutical company experimenting on poor refugees The setting A floating man made city near the Arctic, after much of the earth s land becomes uninhabitable With all those juicy elements, this should have made for an awesome book and it was for some For me though, I just couldn t get into it There aren t many authors, in my opinion, who can pull off a novel told by many people s point of view This book has several and as soon as I d start getting interested in one character, it would jump to the next Then the next Then the next, and so on I found the book too disjointed, too all over the place I think it would have been much better to tell this story using the voice of one narrator Sam Miller is certainly gifted, very imaginative and possessing a talent for writing beautifully descriptive prose I will be watching him in the future, because I think he has the capability for brilliance This book though, just didn t do it for me. 2.5ish stars Underwhelmed A lot of great individual elements, but there s so much missing at the same time I wanted to like it than I did Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello I enjoyed Miller s YA novel, The Art of Starving, a lot because I liked the voice he gave to his protagonist Without a first person narrator to ground things here, Miller gets carried away by the Triple P pretentiously profound prose Literary ennui as a reading buddy so adequately describes it Sort of like an amateur attempt to be Jeff VanderMeer but without the eerie, pervading sense of atmosphere pretty but empty I also feel like something about his sentence structure is hard to follow at times.There s a lot of exposition and I ended up skimming a lot The ideas seem cool, but the actual reading part went very slowly for me The entire time there was something missing, some spark, that prevented me from getting excited I ve noticed comparisons to recent books, Autonomous and New York 2140, based on similar themes and content Autonomous works better because it s simpler, and fewer POVs keep it from getting cluttery NY 2140 works better because its humanity and vision are easier to relate to I m 1 for 2 with Miller s books Willing to give it another go.Posted in Mr Philip s Library 7.8 out of 10 at and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice Even if the intent is to castigate or subvert the social and political norms that reinforce those structures, these stories tend to promote the idea of a lone genius hero savior as the essential component for radical change the great man approach to history who may end up shuffling the deck, but who rarely sets the cards aside altogether Usually, the new structures that replace the old have same potential to commit future abuses a truth the author usually avoids by simply ending the story on a high note In Blackfish City, Sam J Miller uses a mosaic narrative structure much the same way Kim Stanley Robinson uses it in New York 2140 to procure a blueprint for radical social change by illuminating both the commonality and the diversity of experiences within a community of peoples Set in the floating arctic city of Qaanaaq, in a post climate disaster world ravaged by war and disease and the collapse of the old world order, Blackfish City follows multiple characters with interrelated storylines Qaanaaq is a marvel of sustainable engineering, and home to refugees from all over the world, but political corruption and economic disparity have made living conditions all but unbearable for most of its citizens.The various storylines converge around the arrival of Masaaraq, who rides into Qaanaaq on an orca she is nanobonded to In a typical SFF novel, Masaaraq would be the messiah figure, and at first, she is perceived as such by many, and of course is equally perceived as a threat by the wealthy and powerful But even those who stand to gain from joining Masaaraq s quest for justice understand that solutions to complex social problems require than just overturning the applecart and sticking it to the proverbial man Selfish motives, however righteous, are not the answer the effort requires collective action, and a desire to create and forge lasting solutions These things are never easy, nor are they instantly accessible, and Miller is too savvy to tie everything up neatly at the end The future its collection of heroes face is even uncertain at the end than it was at the beginning, when they at least knew what they had to look forward to at the start of each day.Blackfish City is laudable for its ambition, its finely imagined and nuanced setting, and captivating cast of characters Mosaic novels are tough to pull off, and Blackfish City sometimes has to be forgiven for its uneven pacing and frustrating spurts of reticence The thrill of watching the once powerless find the strength to fight together for their future than makes up for it. A complex novel of a post climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point of view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways.Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that s heated by geothermal energy In many ways it s a vestige of our world, with extreme wealth inequality between the property owners and the vast majority of its inhabitants, many of them refugees of climate disasters and wars throughout the world And as typical with societies with extreme wealth inequality, crime and criminal enterprise flourishes Along with the day to day problems of overcrowding and never ending new immigrants and crime, the city also faces an outbreak of a fatal sexually transmitted disease called the Breaks which infects people with the memories of the people it s already infected.Our point of view characters include Fill, a relatively well off young gay man who s just been infected with the Breaks, Ankit, a former scaler parkour like sub culture and political fixer for one of the platform arm managers, Kaev, an aging fighter with a mental impairment working for a local crime boss, and Soq, a young non binary messenger looking for position with that same crime boss As a catalyst for the action a woman arrives in the city riding an orca and with a polar bear in tow and begins prowling the city as if she s looking for something and someone She s clearly a nanobonder, a nearly extinct sub culture of people who practiced nanomachine empathic links with animals.This book has a lot to say There s the obvious questioning of what sort of world climate change will leave us, but that s almost prosaic in this context Of greater import is what sort of world the other great problems of our time are going to cause Wealth inequality, capitalism as kleptocracy, oligopoly, immigration in a world where everyone is a refugee, political prisoners and the response to disease when government is largely dismantled Unfortunately, with so much to say, there s an enormous amount of exposition to convey There s also a huge amount of information and backstory that needs to come across about each of the point of view characters as well as all their various supporting figures That leaves the first half of the book feeling slow, disjointed and weighty with background information However, once the massive infodump starts to peter out and connections begin to be made, the book really hums along.There s some obvious comparisons to be made here New York 2140 leaps to mind, particularly with the large ensemble cast with intertwining stories as well as the criticism of the power of wealth, but also Autonomous with the arctic setting, advanced technology and its consequences and the acceptance normalization of alternate gender and sexuality and the equivalence of capitalism and criminality.Interesting book and well worth a read. 3.5It s okay, and them s the Breaks I honestly thought this book was all right Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious custom nanotech plague Everything else was a pretty cool but standard dystopia of Syndicates mob landlords and shareholders super rich owners who are above the law , with fighters, skaters, hedge nano wizards and bonding with animals thanks to the nanos Pretty cool It is pretty cool Ish There s an obvious agenda here, the haves versus the have nots, an almost mystical progression toward having a city without maps based on memory and the memory plague mystery called the Breaks I liked it and I was pretty entranced by it, but I m not quite certain I buy where I was taken with it You might say that the Beginning and Middle was good, but the end left a bit to be desired.Still, rather interesting It was just the story itself that kinda flagged Alas Orca savior Cool in the particulars but maybe not in the whole. Qaanaaq is an eight armed asterisk East of Greenland, north of Iceland Built by an unruly alignment of Thai Chinese Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts Almost a million people call it home, though many are migrant workers who spend much of their time on boats harvesting glacier for freshwater iceor working Russian petroleum rigs in the far ArcticQaanaaq, the dystopian floating city is beautifully articulated, a living breathing organism as distinctive and unique as the characters who inhabit it and those who flock to it in search of refuge from gangs, pirates, politics and other dangerous syndicates To be honest, the characters and their stories were secondary to what author Sam J Miller chose to write about, such was the addictive need to learn about this strange, cold, yet futuristic and scarily plausible place That said, I loved the myth surrounding the arrival of the woman riding an orca with a polar bear, caged, at her side and the increasing intrigue as the narrative of her unfurledPeople would say she came to Qaanaaq in a skiff towed by a killer whale harnessed to the front like a horseAt her feet, in heaps, were the kind of weird weapons and machines that refugee camp ingenuity had been producing But the story wasn t just about the strange new comer, with 5 characters sharing page time with dedicated chapters, their occupations ranging from professional fighter, underworld boss, courier, unemployed rich kid, and political adviser The multi POV added depth and enhanced the context and concept of Blackfish City.My rating 5 5 stars Blackfish City a great dystopian Sci Fi that blends sci fi with tech fi to create a scarily plausible future. Political corruption but not as you know it I LOVED Blackfish City imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop.The setting is chilly and well defined, the world building is intensely clever, Sam Miller creates a genuinely inspired mythology here The breaks are somewhat terrifying and allegorical, as the story unfolds within the worlds view of each individual character it is often unexpected and entirely addictive.The plot is intelligently woven and every level of this city and it s people is explored, opened up to the reader and shown in all it s gorgeous, stark, unrelenting forms The characters are sharply defined and divisive, shades of dark and light throughout this book I LOVED the writing, the story, the sheer length and breadth of the plotting and it was a pure pleasure to read first page to last.Highly Recommended. I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank Sam J Miller and Orbit Books The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of habitual environments In this futuristic and dystopian world, people now reside in an astonishingly well engineered floating city that has been constructed in the Arctic Circle This settlement is bustling with strife between classes, corruption, amazingly advanced technology, and also rumours of a mysterious lady who arrived one day accompanied by a killer whale and a giant polar bear Miller has created a world that is so deep, complex, and well imagined that it almost appears to be a living breathing entity He cleverly explains the social aspects, current technology, and the world s history through the characters points of views or with chapters presented by City Without a Map This is a mysterious and anonymous news service that civilians have access to Many of the items used by the people of this world are logical but impressive advancements of equipment we use today An example would be that a combination of a telephone, translating system, and radio can be stored in someone s jaw As the world is so detailed and the language used is highly scientific it was difficult to get into initially I found myself reading at a very slow pace and googling unfamiliar sounding words with unfortunate regularity with the overall intention being to make sure I fully understood what was going on During the first 80 pages, I respected what Miller was doing but I wasn t really enjoying reading it In addition to this, the four main characters that we follow all had pretty isolated stories with the common denominator being that they were based in the same city I was unsure if this was going to be of a science lesson than a complete story and therefore was very close to DNF ing it, giving it a 2 star rating, saying it was unique, interesting and that Miller is very talented but it wasn t for me As the publisher sent me a free copy of this I fought through a bit longer and I am really glad that I did About 20 pages later, what has been built up so far seemed to click, I finally found myself caring about some of these characters and the world s secrets and from then on had a generally positive experience with Blackfish City We follow 4 main characters Fill is an often unhappy queer young gentleman whose grandfather is a shareholder of the city Kaev is a mentally ill beam fighter journeyman who loses on purpose to earn paycheques Ankit is an administrator for the government that keeps the city running in order Finally, Soq is a beautiful gender neutral messenger who slides their way around the city delivering messages for the underworld All 4 make a colourful ensemble and there is a great amount featured in Blackfish City that LGBT fiction readers will adore Soq was my personal favourite character to learn about throughout the story Miller introduces their gender neutrality well very early on so there are never any issues of confusion regarding their character This world has many original and interesting creations A few examples are nanobonding being able to emotionally bond with and essentially control a certain animal, and the breaks a sexually transmitted infection that is polluting the city that gives sufferers the memories of those previously afflicted before a seemingly inevitable death through this apparent madness Beam fighting is a well crafted national sport that is like MMA but a contestant will lose by being forced off the beams into the ocean by their opponent In addition, sliders with specially designed skates and death defying free runners operate above the city far away from the ocean beneath As previously mentioned, this book does start slow but the resulting narrative is excellent, the characters and their relationships with one another have great depth and the ending is awesomely realised The created world is brilliantly conceived It starts out like a science lesson but after that, the characters take over and that is where the book truly shines Blackfish City is a haunting projection of our future that is made even eerier by the fact that nothing written here seems too alien or far fetched It seems a bit too close to our current reality for comfort Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys science fiction, dystopian literature, or books where certain individuals can control frighteningly vicious animals I can see this making many best of the year lists in 2018. 3.5 starsI had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off.On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass humans bonding with non human entities in this case real animals but made it much darker, grittier and terrifying This is no children s story.I really enjoyed the overall story line and was determined to give it 4 stars for its wonderful atmosphere and imaginative world HOWEVER.The author had the knack of referring to the polar bear has having hands and later corrected it by referring to paws This is a small editing error and as I read a galley I really hope was corrected before publishing.And then there is Soq Now this was a very interesting character, but one thing just drove me to distraction The author made Soq gender fluid so Soq didn t want to be referred to as he or she but them or they That really irritated me the same way that Matt in Feedback did It was a disruptive little niggle that took me out of the story every time I read it.I found the concept of the Breaks, very well done This is a shameful disease normally affecting the lowest of society When infected you see images that slowly drive you insane There is no cure and no real cause and turns out to be much complicated than anyone could have anticipated.Would I recommend this The story is worth the read, the world building solid and the story line entertaining Yes, there were a few little things that bothered me, but this was a unique story with strong imagery and a satisfyingly open ended ending.ARC Netgalley