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 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...

  • Philip

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the inte...

  • 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 ...

  • Lindsay

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways.Qaanaaq is an adv...

  • Bradley

    3.5It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;)I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the fl...

  • Josh

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid cit...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lata

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbui...