Blackfish City

Blackfish City

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.

Blackfish City is a remarkably urgent—and ultimately very hopeful—novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection.

Title:Blackfish City
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062684844
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About Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller's debut novel The Art of Starving (HarperTeen), rooted in his own adolescent experience with an eating disorder, was one of NPR's Best Books of 2017. His second novel, Blackfish City (Ecco Press/USA; Orbit/UK) was an Entertainment Weekly "Must Read." A finalist for multiple Nebula Awards along with the World Fantasy and Locus and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards, he has won the Shir


    Blackfish City Reviews

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: “I just think you will die for this book.” between that predicti...

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of t...

  • Gary

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c...Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed ...

  • Liz Barnsley

    Political corruption but not as you know it…I LOVED Blackfish City – imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive p...

  • Sonja Arlow

    3.5 starsI had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off.On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass – humans ...

  • Adah Udechukwu

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses....

  • Roy

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech imp...

  • Emily

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city—it could not possibly be any more up my alley....

  • Michael

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ)...

  • Elle Maruska

    I wish I'd liked this more :/The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the differ...