I enjoyed this so much that I bought the book thrice! Once as an audiobook and ebook in his Kickstarter, then again as a hardcover to have it signed at his talk. And I promise I’m not only posting positively about it because I met the author or because I’m trying to be thanked by name in his next book, but because I genuinely recommend it, among other of his books.
Following this, the majority of the text was written by GPT 4 via bingchat as an experiment. But the overall sentiment both above and below are mine, and the prompting did take aa few iterations. 😉
The Lost Cause by Cory Doctorow.
The book is set in a future where climate change is no longer a matter of debate, but an overwhelming fact of life. The story follows a young man living in Burbank, California, who is trying to navigate the challenges of a world that is rapidly changing. Doctorow’s writing is engaging and thought-provoking, and he does an excellent job of exploring the complex issues surrounding climate change. The characters are well-developed and relatable, and the plot is both exciting and emotionally resonant.
I found The Lost Cause to be a compelling and insightful read. Doctorow’s vision of the future is both hopeful and cautionary, and his writing is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in science fiction, climate change, or just a good story.
Doctorow’s sense of humor is evident throughout the book, and he uses it to great effect to explore the complex issues surrounding climate change. His wit is sharp, and his observations are incisive. For example, when describing the efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, he writes, “We’re moving entire cities inland, building vast clean-energy projects, and training tens of millions of people in disaster relief. It’s like we’re preparing for the apocalypse, but with better snacks.” 1
I also appreciate Doctorow’s clever use of avoiding Chekhov’s dictates about guns. He manages to subvert the trope in a way that is both surprising and satisfying.