HOLIDAY by Nick van der Leek
Hugh van Lewen witnesses the heat and exhaustion of a warming world and then, the inexorable wilting of life.
In this world there are no more patterns. There’s just chaos.
Hugh van Lewen, an ESL teacher working in South Korea, travels to the Philippines for some R&R. Instead he walks off the plane into a sizzling storm. But the aftermath of the storm propels him into a world of Rapid Onset Climate Change. The islands are swallowed by rising waters as he tries to leave...but the problems on the world's mainlands have just begun.
This is a 'Climate Thriller' influenced by Cormac McCarthy's The Road, though not quite as dark or bleak. The star of the show is the planet's climate which rapidly deteriorates, propelling the characters, Hugh and Stella (a 30-something man and a teenage sidekick) through a panorama of increasing troubles and chaos. Their flight takes in the islands of North Palawan in the Philippines, Singapore, the East Coast of Africa, Madagascar and South Africa, where the story culminates.
It is a grim tale which addresses our failure to appreciate reality and to see things as they are rather than as we wish they were.
- Classification: Universal
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- First submitted May 15, 2009
- Last updated May 15, 2009
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