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Publisher's Summary

A girl growing up in Cape Cod explores the collectible debris of a once-perfect world she’s too young to remember. But as the past resurfaces, so do old questions about her place in society.

To Chinese American teenager Chuntao, New Lake is a beautiful haven where she can hunt for treasures once swallowed up by a big flood. But when she’s caught scavenging by her biology teacher, a woman whose own past has been swept away, Chuntao is faced with an imponderable question: Which world was better - the ideal one she never knew or the destroyed one that now belongs to her?

Sonya Larson’s At the Bottom of New Lake is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of a conceivable tomorrow by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Alarming, inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to, in a single breathtaking sitting.

©2018 Sonya Larson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Interesting concept, failed to deliver

The story felt undeveloped. It wasn't really clear what the differences or positions of the various characters were, and why they acted the way they did. On the other hand, I don't get why some of the reviews slam the narrator, she was perfectly fine.

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Tells It Like It Is

Very well-placed story showing how people react to climate change based on socioeconomic class. Long, slow reveal. The two main characters were very well-developed . Excellent narration carried me right along.

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Boring and hard to relate story line. Over the board performance. Hints of lgbt and poverty not compelling.

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A missed opportunity

There’s a worthwhile subject underlying this story: the differences between how rich and poor view, contribute to, and are impacted by climate change. But the execution was disappointing for me. I didn’t find the character’s voice compelling or convincing and the narrator’s voice was overly whiny (maybe in an attempt to sound like a teenager?) and one-note.

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couldn't finish it

The narrator was so difficult to listen to. I couldn't finish the book because the whiney character was frustrating to listen to.

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Too much teenage angst

Lake idea was interesting, but found story hard to listen to because it was heavy on the angst (exacerbated by narrator).

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Great Story, of era Actually Quite similar to now

It is an interesting concept, how will high school aged students address Climate Change after the main flood of the apocalypse. (I assume these characters are in high school, though they could have just as likely been younger.) Our world as we know it lies at the bottom of New Lake. It's heading that way, and we who are alive in 2018 are to blame, not so much those who make it as living teens in 2050 when our world lies under water. Maybe if we had fewer fur coats and fancy things, our carbon footprint would be smaller and we could last longer?