The author of Losing Earth returns with an exploration of our post-natural world in which scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, chicken breasts grow in test tubes, and multinational corporations conspire to poison the blood of every living creature.
... an unwavering look at our increasingly dystopian world ... Rich presents humanity’s war against nature in vivid detail, with nature nearly defeated ... Flowing and deeply researched prose paints scene after scene of the ubiquitous entropy that is gaining momentum ... As devastating as the darkness is, however, Rich illuminates those acting on behalf of life itself ... Rich manages to fluently and empathetically depict in a digestible way the predicament in which we now find ourselves. The weight of the book is carried by deeply humanistic and nuanced stories of those whose lives have been devastated and those fighting for justice on their behalf, alongside those playing God with nature via biotechnology and chemistry ... Rich articulately, sometimes even brutally, evinces how the onus is upon all of us to respond morally while simultaneously living with a reality that Dr. Frankenstein knew quite well: A monster set loose becomes a threat to our own existence.
... a collective reflection on the romantic ideal of the 'natural world' ... Rich sees the present era as one of 'terrible responsibility,' and the stories he collects here of scientists, lawyers, community organizers, and 'average people' at the center of so many storms are composed to evoke concern while also presenting the ethical questions at the heart of our complex, in-flux times. Nature is still with us, Rich asserts, it just doesn’t look like what we remember or even ever knew.