Termination Shock

Termination Shock

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A visionary technothriller about climate change.

Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world where the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.

One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?

Title:Termination Shock
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063028050
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    Termination Shock Reviews

  • Michael

    Termination Shock is described as a "techno-thriller about climate change," but I'm not sure it fully delivers on its promise. It is, for one, mostly not thrilling. And while it is certainly about cli...

  • Paula

    I read this latest ultra-near-future story of science fiction(?) by Neal Stephenson on a road trip through the American West. We drove under smoky skies and through swirling wildfire ash. We passed th...

  • Jack Kelley

    As long as this is nothing like The Ministry for the Future, I’ll be happy. -7/14/21...

  • Anissa

    Well, it was a surprising three star read for me. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021. Vivid and compelling beginning, slog of a middle (at 700 pages that clocks in at hundreds of eye-cr...

  • Bradley

    Neal Stephenson writes Cli-Fi! Of course, what this means in layman's terms is that an author with a penchant for a LOT of research and a brave heart just slammed a close-to-home ecological disaster o...

  • Roger

    Can a fan of Neal Stephenson comment here and let me know if this is a prime example of his writing and where it would rank amongst his best works? If it's in the top 5 or 10, I have no shame in sayin...

  • Devon

    A 700 page short story or perhaps a collection of short stories. I'll try to explain without revealing the "plot" such as it is. I mean that it's a short story in the sense that there's not what I wou...

  • Stephany Pachowka

    Termination ShockIt's the near future and climate change is intense. Daytime temperatures in Houston routinely exceed 45 C (~115 F) and people are struggling to survive. Feral swine roam the countrysi...

  • Adrienne

    Excellent climate sci-fi, set in the near future. Interwoven stories from vastly different global socioeconomic viewpoints keep it flowing quickly. Global climate politics are not just policy wonk dis...

  • Cariad Eccleston

    Seveneves was my first Neal Stephenson (and my all-time favourite) novel.I picked up Termination Shock expecting more of the same.Ouch.I love Stephenson's deep rambling tangents when they're adding to...