"Bleak and hopeful in equal measure, Clade is a striking paradox of a book—a soothing tale of the coming apocalypse." —BookPage
"Bradley moves quickly through the lives of his protagonists, sketching their stories during key moments in the unfolding narrative. But the real story here is the all-too-realistic vision of an ecosystem in the throes of collapse,portrayed in stunning, sobering detail." —Booklist
"a stunningly beautiful novel, characterized as much by lyricism as pointed critique of how humans are stewarding the planet." —Chicago Review of Books
"Novels like Clade provide the lens we need to see our way forward." —Locus
“entertaining, insightful, and all around a great book” —Gamers Sphere
Barnes & Noble SFF blog:
“haunting, strangely optimistic”
“Bradley’s ability to find poetry amid brutal circumstances, his focus on the undeniably human problems of his cast, and a hopeful message of survival make Clade a melancholic celebration of humanity, not an elegy”
“Bradley’s novel is absorbing and depressing, as it is thoughtful and fascinating”
Compelling, challenging and resilient, over ten beautifully contained chapters, Clade canvasses three generations from the very near future to late this century. Central to the novel is the family of Adam, a scientist, and his wife Ellie, an artist.
Clade opens with them wanting a child and Adam in a quandary about the wisdom of this. Their daughter proves to be an elusive little girl and then a troubled teenager, and by now cracks have appeared in her parents' marriage. Their grandson is in turn a troubled boy, but when his character reappears as an adult he's an astronomer, one set to discover something astounding in the universe.
With great skill James Bradley shifts us subtly forward through the decades, through disasters and plagues, miraculous small moments and acts of great courage. Elegant, evocative, understated and thought-provoking, it is the work of a writer in command of the major themes of our time.
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