It’s thirty years since the collapse of the Gulf Stream and the arrival of the tsunamis from La Palma and the Eriador Ridge off Ireland’s Continental Shelf that created Iceapelago; thirty islands that were once Ireland. The survivors struggle in pre-medieval conditions to secure food and medicines ahead of Winter Day when tundra conditions lock down Iceapelago for months on end. The Commander, the titular head of Iceapelago, tries his best to manage rising dissent and dissatisfaction. He is supported by some but not all of the elected leaders, the Sixes and Sheriffs from the islands. An Arctic storm that arrives on the eve of Winter Day causes havoc.
“The greatest asset Brennan leverages after his intensive knowledge and descriptions is the realism instilled so there is no suspension of disbelief required. That’s huge in a dystopian novel. It takes a minute to get into Iceapelago, but once I was in, I was hooked. I’m looking forward to its follow-up, Iceapelago 2091.”
“Readers who revel in scholarly fiction will enjoy Brennan’s approach, which sends an unmistakable warning about climate change via a high-stakes thriller plot”
BOOK LIFE REVIEW
“Iceapelago is authoritative in tone and content. A compelling story to stop us in our tracks.”
The Irish Times
“‘Cli-fi’ turns into fact.”