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The Past is Red
The Past is Red | Catherynne M. Valente
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The Candide of our #@$\*%?! age. Ken Liu, award-winning author Catherynne M. Valente, the bestselling and award-winning creator of Space Opera and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland returns with the enchanting, dark, funny, angry story of a girl who made two terrible mistakes: she told the truth and she dared to love the world. The future is blue. Endless blue...except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown. Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but shes the only one who knows it. Shes the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that its full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time. But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.
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Beachesnbooks
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April reading wrap-up! I finished 13 books, which I think makes it my most productive reading month so far this year!
🥇The Past is Red
🥈Boyfriend Material (re-read)
🥉Milk Fed

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Beachesnbooks
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Wrap-up for Dewey's 24-hour readsthon yesterday! I finished 5 books (top) and read bits from 3 others. @DeweysReadathon

Librariana Good job! Although I didn't participate, I did also read vol. 1 of Heartstopper and have vol. 2 ready to go. Now I just need to get my hands on vols. 3 & 4 😁😊💜📚 2w
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Beachesnbooks
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My TBR for Dewey's 24-hour readathon tomorrow! #readathon @DeweysReadathon

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BekaReid
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I'm not sure how to review this book. It's different than most post-apocalyptic writing, but that only added to the import of the message. I also enjoyed her afterward, and she succeeded in her goal.

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BekaReid
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Also, why can I never stop at the library to pick up *a* book? Where to start??

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traa
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I had the enjoyable problem of wanting to quote almost every sentence from this book in my commonplace journal, but I somehow got it down to one page 🙂

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BookInMyHands
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I picked this one off the New Shelf at the library because it wasn‘t too long and has a fabulous cover. Sometimes I just want to be surprised by the story, and oh my goodness, this did not disappoint!

What might life be like in a post-apocalyptic world if you live on the great garbage heap? I absolutely loved the narrator in this story. Honest and also unreliable. A great story.

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KimM
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This was a wild ride of a post apocalyptic novel! The world is completely flooded. No land at all. The protagonist is living on a floating garbage pile that has been sorted and colonized by the survivors. Climate-change fiction.

For fans of The Boxcar Children.

Reggie Sounds good. Stacked! 8mo
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NotCool
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This was kind of an odd book, more character then plot driven. Tetley is a wonderful character and her narrative voice has a lot of charm. The world building is a little …odd. But the vignettes, the moments, like when Tetley has her first sexual experience while listening to a women read a fancy lunch menu from 2005 in a sexy voice, and realizing none of them know what honey was, hits home.

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underground_bks
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Reread with audio! Tetley lives on a floating patch of garbage, the only solid ground left on a flooded earth. Tetley‘s not alone but she is the only one who knows the truth—Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world. The Past Is Red is an electrifying parable for this era of climate change, as bitterly optimistic and cheerfully furious as this dire hour demands, sure to steal that gorgeous garbage patch in your chest you call a heart.

Michael_Gee Lol! Great review. 9mo
underground_bks @Michael_Gee thanks! I effing love this book. 9mo
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 209.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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TorieStorieS
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I‘ve been a huge fan of Valente‘s writing for quite a while yet- but this is actually the first book of hers that I‘ve listened to on audio! And I really loved it- the post-apocalyptic vision of earth is horrifying (after all, the characters literally live in Garbagetown- a floating island comprised of garbage) but tempered with humor and a surprisingly positive attitude from narrator Tetley. Great performance and fantastic writing as always!

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julesG
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Gorgeous cover.

Tetley loves her home, Garbagetown. It's all that's left of Earth. When Tetley learns a secret, tells the truth, does something unthinkable she becomes an outlaw. Yet she still loves. Even when she learns about a much bigger secret that leaves her even more jaded.

#NetGalley #ARC

Pub Day: 20 July 2021

Review: https://scepticalreading.com/2021/05/palate-cleansers/

squirrelbrain I agree - fab cover! 12mo
Kalalalatja Oh, I didn‘t know she had a new book out soon! Thanks for putting it on my radar 👏 12mo
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julesG
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"My name is Tetley Abednego and I am the most hated girl in Garbagetown."

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julesG
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Tiny bit of sunshine, but it's still very cold outside.

ARC was given to me by my favourite indie.

#GhostCat

Suet624 That cup!!! 13mo
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underground_bks
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Out 7/20/21—Tetley lives on a floating patch of garbage, the only solid ground left on a flooded earth. Tetley‘s not alone but she is the only one who knows the simple, vital, and lifesaving truth that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world. The Past Is Red is an electrifying parable for this era of climate change, as bitterly optimistic and cheerfully furious as this dire hour demands. Read for Jan. #Bookland, Fantasy: New Release.

atla Oh man! I didn‘t know this was a thing but I‘m so excited! I read her short story The Future is Blue which also features Tetley and Garbagetown, and I wanted more - but I didn‘t know there was going to be more. Will probably pre-order 😍 1y
underground_bks @atla yes! The first part of this novella—maybe 1/4 of it—is the short story The Future is Blue! 1y
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