By The Feet Of Men
WANTED: Men and women willing to drive through the valley of the shadow of death.
by Grant Price
Pub Date 30 Aug 2019
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The world’s population has been decimated by the Change, a chain reaction of events triggered by global warming. In Europe, governments have fallen, cities have crumbled and the wheels of production have ground to a halt. The Alps region, containing most of the continent’s remaining fresh water, has become a closed state with heavily fortified borders. Survivors cling on by trading through the Runners, truck drivers who deliver cargo and take a percentage. Amid the ruins of central Germany, two Runners, Cassady and Ghazi, are called on to deliver medical supplies to a research base deep in the Italian desert, where scientists claim to be building a machine that could reverse the effects of the Change. Joining the pair are a ragtag collection of drivers, all of whom have something to prove. Standing in their way are starving nomads, crumbling cities, hostile weather and a rogue state hell-bent on the convoy's destruction. And there's another problem: Cassady is close to losing his nerve.
This truly grim version of the future will keep readers riveted.
Nicholas Potter | EXBERLINER Magazine
“An existential odyssey to the soul of a climate-torn Europe to come. Grant Price’s progressive outlook on (wo)man-made climate change is done justice through diverse, multicultural perspectives written in cinematic prose”.
Mårten Thorslund | We Don't Have Time (www.wedonthavetime.org)
"We owe a huge climate debt by not yet collectively acting on the massive distortions in Earth's climate system caused by humans. It is emblematic and proof of our poor imagination skills, resistance to facts and a lack of interest for the common good – this must change if we are to backtrack from a ‘hothouse Earth’ scenario and survive as a species. Without fantasy and imagining where global warming on its current trajectory will lead us, we are left in the dark. By the Feet of Men is a gut-punch of a novel that lays bare what we risk if we don't change our ways now. In exploring the aftermath of a collapsed global society, Price deftly shows how climate change and ecological disruption are an existential threat both to the societies we have inherited and human civilisation as a whole. He challenges us to prove to ourselves and our children that we truly are homo sapiens—the ‘thinking man’—and see that a different path is always open to us. By the Feet of Men mines the depths of human despair to make the message abundantly clear: we don't have time."