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A mysterious murder in a dystopian future leads a novice investigator to question what she's learned about the foundation of her population-controlled society. Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn't just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory. Enid of Haven is an Investigator, called on to mediate disputes and examine transgressions against the community. She's young for the job and hasn't yet handled a serious case. Now, though, a suspicious death requires her attention. The victim was an outcast, but might someone have taken dislike a step further and murdered him? In a world defined by the disasters that happened a century before, the past is always present. But this investigation may reveal the cracks in Enid's world and make her question what she really stands for.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544947306
0544947304
Characteristics: 274 pages 21 cm

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KCLSQueennie Oct 22, 2018

A very slow burn.

SCL_Justin Sep 26, 2018

This is a detective story set in a future. Unlike something like The Last Detective, this happens a few decades after the epidemics and climate change storms took their toll, and people have figured out a smaller-scale way to organize a society, at least on the Pacific coast of North America.

The Investigator in this story is a woman who is tenacious and angry, but also curious. The story has flashbacks to how she became the woman she is, and it's all generally untraumatic. I would really recommend this as a climate-change cozy mystery. The storms are the most violent part of the story (which I would not call dystopian in any way, unless the sequel changes a lot about the setting).

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