Tuesday, February 18, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Bridge 108 by the Award-Winning Author, Anne Charnock! Today, on our tour stop, we have a review AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE!

Young Adult
Science Fiction/Dystopia
Speculative Fiction
Publish Date:
February 18, 2020

From the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author, a dystopian novel of oppression set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life, a finalist for the Kitschies award and Philip K. Dick Award.

Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he soon falls prey to traffickers. Enslaved in an enclave outside Manchester, the resourceful and determined Caleb never loses hope of bettering himself.

After Caleb is befriended by a fellow victim of trafficking, another road opens. Hiding in the woodlands by day, guided by the stars at night, he begins a new journey—to escape to a better life, to meet someone he can trust, and to find his family. For Caleb, only one thing is certain: making his way in the world will be far more difficult than his mother imagined.

Told through multiple voices and set against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.

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Praise for BRIDGE 108

“Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with hopeful messages will be gratified by this topical tale of human resourcefulness in the face of climate disaster.” —Publishers Weekly

A dystopian novel set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life. Told through multiple voices against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.


**About the Author**
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Anne Charnock's latest novel, DREAMS BEFORE THE START OF TIME, is the winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was shortlisted for the BSFA 2017 Best Novel Award. Her novella THE ENCLAVE has won the BSFA 2017 Best Short Fiction Award. This novella is written in the same world as her debut novel, A CALCULATED LIFE, which was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and The Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards.

SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND, her second novel, was named by The Guardian as one of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015

Anne Charnock's journalism has appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Geographical. She was educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied Environmental Sciences, and at The Manchester School of Art, England where she gained a Masters in Fine Art.

As a foreign correspondent, she travelled widely in Africa, the Middle East and India and spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

This is a very interesting read. From the setting to the complexity of the characters, Bridge 108 tackles very real current global social, political, and economic issues. Well, that's how it read. If you're keen on current events, then you'll get this story. Created in this hypothetical world, Anne Charnock created a coming-of-age story of a young boy navigating and surviving in the world and society he lives in. Anne Charnock wrote a thought-provoking and flowing story told in multiple POVs that immerses its readers into their world.

However, the setting, or say world-building, is vague. I get it that the story takes place after some major global events, but there is no elaboration on what it was. Throughout the book, I was wondering what events brought on the "current" state of society that these characters are living in. I would have liked to know what was the driving "force" that led their current society. Yes, we were given vague recounts of memory, but no specific details.

All in all, Bridge 108 is a coming-of-age story of a young boy's journey in the world he lives in and the circumstances that surround him. Although the world-building is vague, the story itself gives a lot to think about in regards to global current events that we are faced with now. I'd say it is well worth the read for all ages.

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