The Offset (Paperback)
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The Offset (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 14/09/2021
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In a dying world, the Offset ceremony has been introduced to counteract and discourage procreation. It is a rule that is simultaneously accepted, celebrated and abhorred. But in this world, survival demands sacrifice so for every birth, there must be a death. Professor Jac Boltanski is leading Project Salix, a ground-breaking new mission to save the world by replanting radioactive Greenland with genetically-modified willow trees. But things aren't working out and there are discrepancies in the data. Has someone intervened to sabotage her life's work? In the meantime, her daughter Miri, an anti-natalist, has run away from home. Days before their Offset ceremony where one of her mothers must be sentenced to death, she is brought back against her will following a run-in with the law. Which parent will Miri pick to die: the one she loves, or the one she hates who is working to save the world? File Under: Science Fiction [ Only One Leaves | The Choice is Yours | Last Hope | Counting Down ]

Publisher: Watkins Media
ISBN: 9780857669186
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
Edition: New edition


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"Thrilling, terrifying and beautifully crafted, The Offset is the perfect science-fiction novel for our times. I devoured it."
"The Offset's searing critique of anti-natalism could do for eco-fascism what Ninety Eighty-Four did for socialism and Brave New World did for eugenics."
"It is a bare-knuckle punch to the heart. Calder Szewczak made me suffer - brilliantly."
"The Offset is a prophetic, urgent, gripping read that throws into question what saving the world really means."
"The Offset shows how anti-natalism could also take a dystopian turn... even views aimed at reducing suffering can increase it if fanatics seize control."
"An honest, terrifying and sincere look into our future."
"A name to watch."
"Bleak, haunting and intriguing."
"Smart, compelling and absolutely of the moment. A truly elegant debut."
"This is a must read for fans of The Martian and anyone who has enjoyed any dystopian stories."

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“A simply stunning debut”

This book is a beautifully written yet horrifying peak into the future we may one day be living in - a must read for anyone concerned with climate change and/or the fight for women's reproductive freedoms. It... More

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“A very gripping read”

I read this whole book in one day, I simply could not put it down!! Of course I was drawn in by the premise - for every new life, there must be a death, and on the eighteenth birthday of every person they must choose... More

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“Enthralling.”

I found myself disliking the main protagonist almost immediately. Not only did she run away from seemingly loving parents (though we don't get all details), but she insisted on rebelling against anything and... More

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