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The Island Will Sink is set decades from now - a not-too-distant future which is not so different. The energy crisis has come and gone. Cities have been rethought and redesigned, and Ecolaw? is enforced by insidious cartoon Pandas and their armies of viral-marketing children. Max Galleon is a filmmaker of immersive cinema, a father to two children distressed by the world around, a distant husband, a brother to a comatose mystery man, and falling rapidly in love with a doctor who is not what she seems.
The Island Will Sink is a terrific postmodern science fiction novel in the vein of Michel Houellebecq and Phillip K. Dick, and marks the official breakthrough of a compelling literary talent.
I'm not usually a sci-fi reader but I had heard great things about this book so gave it a try and I am so glad I did!! This book is an amazing vision of a possible future and the impact of technology on our lives. This book really stays with you, I'm still thinking about it months after reading.
scintillating dystopian gem
I loved this book!!
It's a Yes From Me
Book Reading Barry
Super deep and interesting but also a lot of fun. Great characters, enjoyable read and really funny! Recommended.
Original and brilliant
Unlike other novels being published in Australia right now. So good, read it!
Enjoyed it, full of exciting ideas!
Really exciting vision of the future, super filmic & engaging.
a provocative and thoughtful read
there's so much in this book. not a fast read, but hugely rewarding.
Australian speculative fiction at its very, very best
A novel for our time. Technological overreach, memory erasure, post-climate change. Wow.
The Island Will Sink
“The Island Will Sink is not ‘just’ a novel. It is the most assured and innovative debut I have read in a long time, one that has me excited about the political possibilities of postmodern fiction.”
Pip Smith, 'The Australian'
“Science fiction fans will spot echoes of J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick in the narrative and quirky incidental moments (Max’s socks have an inbuilt compass and his house changes its settings when he enters). The Island Will Sink is groundbreaking enough to hope it might lead to greater interest in publishing Australian science fiction.”
The Saturday Paper
“Doyle can do humour, and has an engaging voice. The prose in science fiction may have to be information-rich, strenuously expository in its world-building, but Doyle never gets waylaid: she can find the poetry in the new world ... and the characters never seem as if they are overborne by the action or the conceptual framework. ”
Owen Richardson, 'The Sydney Morning Herald'
“The Island Will Sink is a deep and demanding read. Doyle postulates a world in which climate change has hastened social change and political control and exacerbated the gap between the haves and have-nots, but one in which society has ultimately adapted to climatic deprivations.”
Linda Morris, 'The Sydney Morning Herald'
“Doyle’s future looks back to the SF avant-gardists of the 1960s and ’70s: ecological crisis and doom-lust from JG Ballard, games with memory and reality from Philip K Dick, a totemic island from John Brunner’s ‘Stand on Zanzibar’.”
Michael Lucy, 'The Monthly'
“The world of Doyle’s novel, while practically unrecognisable from our own, is meticulously and cleverly realised, from housing, transport and the sad irony of ubiquitous sustainability propaganda, to the convergence of technology and the self ... Like Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise’ for the climate-change generation...””
Alan Vaarwerk, 'Readings Monthly'
ISBN: 9780994606808 ISBN-10: 099460680X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 316 Published: 1st August 2016 Publisher: The Lifted Brow Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8