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This novella is a compelling imagining of a future after climate disasters have ravaged the world, leaving those remaining struggling to survive in primitive communities. Amid the turmoil emerged a parasite called Cad, which formed a symbiotic relationship with the people it infected–until they died painfully. Reid is a teen girl who has received an offer to attend an elite university–whose existence is only rumored, and that would have been protected from the disasters under a dome.
Thrilled with the offer but uncertain about leaving her mother, who, along with Reid, is also infected with Cad, Reid ponders the impact of her decisions–to leave, to stay, to put others at risk. Literary and thought-provoking, with excellent passages on how the careless consumption and choices of previous generations (i.e., US) created the disasters.
In post-climate disaster Alberta, a woman infected with a mysterious parasite must choose whether to pursue a rare opportunity far from home or stay and help rebuild her community.
The world is nothing like it once was: climate disasters have wracked the continent, causing food shortages, ending industry, and leaving little behind. Then came Cad, mysterious mind-altering fungi that invade the bodies of the now scattered citizenry. Reid, a young woman who carries this parasite, has been given a chance to get away – to move to one of the last remnants of pre-disaster society – but she can’t bring herself to abandon her mother and the community that relies on her.
When she’s offered a coveted place on a dangerous and profitable mission, she jumps at the opportunity to set her family up for life, but how can Reid ask people to put their trust in her when she can’t even trust her own mind?