Kraken Calling | Aric McBay
448 pages | Seven Stories Press
A sweeping near future dystopic fantasy in the Octavia Butlerian vein of the Parable of the Sower novels.
Political activist and anarchist author Aric McBay (Full Spectrum Resistance) toggles between the years 2028 and 2051 to give us the experience, with breathtaking realism, of what might happen in the span of just one generation to a society that is already on the brink of collapse.
In 2028 environmental activists hesitate to take the fight to the extreme of violent revolution. Twenty years later, with the natural environment now seriously degraded, the revolution is brought to the activists, rather than the other way around, by an authoritarian government willing to resort to violence, willing to let the majority suffer from hunger and poverty, in order to control its citizens when the government can no longer provide them with a decent quality of life.
So it is the activists who must defend their communities, their neighbors, through a more humane and in some ways more conservative status quo of care and moderation.
And the outcome here is determined by the actions of those who resist more than it is by the actions of the nominally powerful.