by Silas House
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 20 Sep 2023
As fires devastate most of the United States, Lark and his family secure a place on a refugee boat headed to Ireland, the last country not yet overrun by extremists and rumored to be accepting American refugees. But Lark is the only one to survive the trip, and once ashore, he doesn’t find the safe haven he’d hoped for. As he runs for his life, Lark finds an abandoned dog who becomes his closest companion, and then a woman in search of her lost son. Together they form a makeshift family and attempt to reach Glendalough, a place they believe will offer protection. But can any community provide the safety that they seek?
For readers of novels such as Station Eleven, The Dog Stars, and Migrations, Lark Ascending is a moving and unforgettable story of friendship, family, and healing.
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With climate change ravaging North America, wars and famine sweeping the globe, refugees are fleeing the continent in search of a safe harbor. Lark and his family boarded a boat bound for Ireland, one of the last countries rumored to be letting Americans in, but only Lark survives the voyage and what he finds when he comes ashore is far from a refuge, his mother and the few survivors on the ship are shot by people defending a country that is clearly NOt taking in any refugees. He must stay on the run to survive, but in his journeys, adopts a dog and a woman searching for her son. This odd trio makes a strange little family as they try to find Glendalough, a community rumored to hold a sanctuary from the horrors of an apocalyptic world. Many have compared this book to Station Eleven, but I actually liked it even more. As the all too obvious signs of climate change make themselves known, this book seems less like fiction and more like a terrifying prophecy