Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (Google eBook)
From Robert Charles Wilson, the Hugo Award-winning author of Spin, comes Julian Comstock, an exuberant adventure in a post-climate-change America.
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Great book! This is the book that has made RCW one of my favorite authors!
Narrator Adam Hazzard is a friend of the protagonist of the title and tells the Hugo-nominated story in first person. A post-apocalyptic US has reached bottom and is poorly run by JCís uncle. The timeframe is 2172-2175. The army is trying to turn things around. The fundamentalist Dominion has to approve religion and education. This is a steampunk adventure based on a short story. There are five acts, each for a holiday, opened by quotes from the likes of Hume or Whittier or Melville, containing four to eleven chapters which in turn have four to nine scenes. The world is thorough and self-consistent, and the prose is entertaining and well-crafted.