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Kleine Kans Op Morgen (2013)

by Nathaniel Rich(Favorite Author)
3.31 of 5 Votes: 4
review 1: I was hoping Nathaniel Rich would end 'Odds Against Tomorrow' differently but then when I tried to think of how that might be I realized that his ending was the only possible way to wrap up this story of fear and what we do with it. Bottom line is that I couldn't put the book down. It's more than a story about the future and about fear. It's about basic human nature and how we can choose and change and sometimes how we can do neither.
review 2: Dystopia strikes again in Nathaniel Rich’s debut novel. Called “the first climate change novel” by one critic, the story is of formulae and matrixes that cast the odds on damage by certain permutations of disaster, from small springtime floods to catastrophic earthquakes and everything that springs from them. Mi
... moretchell Zukor is the reclusive youngest member of FutureWorld, a consulting firm that takes advantage of disasters, natural and manmade. So great is the advantage to this firm if there is a natural disaster that Mitchell finds himself in a perfect position to cash out when a worst-case prediction hits New York. His shy and vulnerable friend, Elsa Bruner, distracts him from calculating the true extent of the disaster as she faces one of her own: a heart condition that can strike her dead any time, While she languishes in a hospital in Maine, he retreats to the Flatlands, roughly the territory immediately north and west of Manhattan and establishes a base camp from which to consider his alternatives. On paper, he is an instant billionaire, but then there is that pesky sense of right and wrong that pesters his mind and his conscience. A fellow member of his firm, Jane, falls for him and reminds him of the profits to be made, but Mitchell keeps wrestling with the factors involved, aware that considerable profit was his goal from the beginning. Now that the profit-taking is at hand, unanticipated consequences check his resolve and he establishes a base camp at an old hotel. Devastating glimpses of New York City and the mounting rot of what was left marking the chapters of the human side of disaster force Mitch to become more and more of a hermit. So much so that he cannot see that progress that is being made, restoring New York itself, starting with the IRT. The novel is a disturbingly realistic portrayal of the way things could go under Rich’s conditions and a realistic portrayal of the way corporate America thinks and works. You’re apt to want to stop reading when the rain gets heavy or the wind blows outside, but you’ll be eager to see the progress or regress of humanity in the face of inevitable extinction and wonder how you’d do under similar circumstances. less
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Fun at first than it got a little dry unfortunately. I still liked it though.
It's fine. But it's really an amalgam of a lot of better books.
Very satifying
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