John Barnie


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Cinnamon Press
15 April 2024
ISBN: 9781911540281
156 pages

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Set in a future that may not be too distant, the ice caps have melted and the Atlantic Conveyor of warm water from the tropics to the North Atlantic has collapsed, plunging North America and Europe into a new ice age.

Famine, death and conflict stalk the frozen continents, but in the city-state of Banda, one Assault Corps lieutenant questions the totalitarian regime, making himself vulnerable just as he meets and falls in love with Galathea, the embodiment of warmth and beauty absent from their society. As they begin to explore the forbidden past together, Banda braces for the next attack…

Ambitious and prophetic, this new edition of John Barnie’s verse novel, Ice, is increasingly urgent as scientist’s debate the possible catastrophe that global warming and human intransigence threaten to unleash. And in the midst of disaster, it asks what it means to be human and how or whether we can retain humanity in the most extreme of circumstances. Powerful and lyrical, Ice chills to the heart, yet there is beauty here, and love, if only humanity will choose it.