I got The Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, for free  from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

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Synopsis

Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: To advocate for the world’s future generations and to protect all living creatures, present and future. It soon became known as the Ministry for the Future, and this is its story.

Told entirely through fictional eye-witness accounts, this book is the story of how climate change will affect us all over the decades to come.

Its setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us. One in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face.

Review

This is one of those books that I saw in NetGally and that I should request it, as I had read a number of Kim Stanley Robinson books before. 

However there was some trepidation as well, as the last book I had, Green Earth, was one that while interesting was a little below his usual standard. But with this book The Ministry For The Future he is back to his best.

The way that this book is written is like watching a documentary, with a lot of things being described by eyewitnesses such as the scene at the start of the Book with the Heatwave in India. Which gives the book an added feel of realism as we all know that type of format.

Between the documentary type chapters  was the scenes with the Ministry for the Future, itself including the work of the staff and in particular, their leader Mary, these were told as a normal story almost like dramatizations seen is some Documentaries and here was were the arthur was able to bring the reader emotionally into to both the story and in particular the characters themselves.

The only weakness for the general reader with this book is that Robinson is one of those writers that puts a lot of information in his books, which could be science, economic or any other subject that will fit in with the type of book he is writing. Which means there are times when reading the story is like reading a textbook.

Having said that the way that he writes the information in the book is easy to understand, is there to enhance the story. For example, the reason that ice glaciers are moving faster than normal because of climate change, was done in such a way that I wish my textbooks at school were written.

Conclusion

Who would I recommend this book to? The easyone is people who read and enjoyed,  Kim Stanley Robinson, before as I feel he is back to his best with this one. 

In addition if you are interesting to read a Science Fiction book based on climate change, or you are interested in the subject and how the world may handle it, but do not want to read a dry textbook, then The Ministry For The Future,  the latest book by Kim Stanley Robbinson, should be on your reading list.

About The Writer

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his fascination with Mars, become a member of the Mars Society.

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