Title: Notes from the Burning Age (July 20, 2021)
Author: Claire North
This is a book of loss and devastation, what remains, and what grows from the ashes of a broken world. North brings this plausible dystopian world to life with stark imagery and elegant prose. Although the premise has the components of a spy thriller, the story is definitely a slower burn.
The overarching narrative never quite grabbed me, but the cat and mouse interplay between Ven and his on-again, off-again adversary/captor was really intriguing.
I had not read any of Claire North’s work prior to this novel, but I’ve come away impressed and excited to see what she writes next.
As an aside, I hope Orbit sticks with Leo Nickolls and Siobhan Hooper for the cover art/design on future books. They did an outstanding job with this one.
My thanks to NetGalley and Orbit for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.