Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America
From Robert Charles Wilson, the Hugo Award-winning author of Spin, comes Julian Comstock, an exuberant adventure in a post-climate-change America.
In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs. In Labrador, the Army wages war on the Dutch. America, unified, is rising once again.
Then out of Labrador come tales of the war hero "Captain Commongold." The masses follow his adventures in the popular press. The Army adores him. The President is...troubled. Especially when the dashing Captain turns out to be his nephew Julian, son of the President's late brother Bryce—a popular general who challenged the President's power, and paid the ultimate price.
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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 JC’s 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.