Hummingbird Salamander (Hardback)
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Hummingbird Salamander (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 15/04/2021
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Bursting with wild imagination and littered with singular imagery, Vandermeer’s apocalyptic sci-fi thriller flings climate change, identity politics and conspiracy theories into a psychedelic narrative blender with glorious results.

A speculative thriller about the end of all things, set in an unnamed part of the Pacific Northwest. A harrowing descent into a secret world.

Security consultant and former wrestler 'Jane Smith' receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina's footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out-for her and possibly for the world.

Hummingbird Salamander is Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008299316
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 34 mm


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'Harrowing, gripping, and profound. It's both a thriller and a requiem for a disappearing world. I expect this novel will haunt me for a long time' - Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Glass Hotel

'An existential mindfuck cleverly disguised as a thriller. Though the plot never stops rocketing forward, this astonishing novel continually shifts and expands in scale, until the puzzle the narrator is tasked with solving at the outset becomes an almost Matrix-like invitation to open herself up to a new and shattering understanding of her world, and ours. Visionary, dark, beautiful, and strange, Hummingbird Salamander is that rare novel that coaxes you into imagining the unimaginable' - Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories

'A profound and incendiary thriller hurtling backward from the end of the world. Jeff VanderMeer's tale of ecological and personal obsession inhabits that strange, surreal space where the natural world and human ambition collide - a space almost no other writer has chronicled with as much reverence and imaginative lucidity. The result is a detective story unlike any I've read before, futuristic in bearing but deeply relevant to this present, dangerous moment' - Omar El Akkad, award-winning journalist and author of American War

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“A fun ride”

I always go into a Jeff VanderMeer book fairly sure I'm not going to have a clue what's going on, but that I'll enjoy the ride all the same. That was exactly what happened here! We follow a woman who we... More

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“Solidly southern, a touch more gothic wouldn't have gone amiss”

Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy blended sci-fi, ecology and suspense to often thrilling effect. His latest novel takes these same three events, but almost completely ditches the sci-fi aspects. Hummingbird... More

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“If it doesn't break your heart, you have no heart”

In Hummingbird Salamander, Jeff VanderMeer has written both a taut, twisty thriller (which has fun with some of the conventions of that genre) and a spot-on exploration of climate change and environmental... More

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