By Sarah Gray
What's Arcadium? Florence is aware yet she’s now not telling someone, and it might simply be the major to the survival of the human race. Sixteen-year-old Florence West needs to trip throughout a illness ravaged Melbourne together with her nine-year-old sister, Liss, and she’ll do something to outlive. often that implies staying away from everybody, the fit ones at the run and the contaminated ones hungry for human flesh. but if she meets a guy that speaks no English and a defiant set of brothers, Florence may be pressured to query her methods. simply because there’s simply to date you could pass by myself, correct? Arcadium is a heart-stopping trip of desire throughout a ravaged city land the place survival consistently comes at a heavy fee.
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Each one of these fantasies represents an arraignment of the ﬁnite, an attempt to dismantle the formal structure of time and space which the universe wraps around us at the moment we ﬁrst achieve consciousness. —J. G. Ballard, ‘‘Cataclysms and Dooms’’ (1977) Nothing like a little cosmic cataclysm to take my mind oﬀ jammed sinuses. —Edward Bryant, ‘‘Particle Theory’’ (1977) I can see we’re in for a fabulous evening’s apocalypse. —Douglas Adams, ‘‘Fit the Fifth,’’ episode of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (radio series, 1978) Apocalypse is the eye of a needle, through which we pass into a diﬀerent world.
Regardless of the situation, you keep climbing; contrary to advice, you keep climbing; despite the resistance of your enemies, you keep climbing; against your better instincts, your common sense, your premonitions, you climb, climb, climb. If you don’t keep climbing, you fall to the bottom. That’s for sure. But if you do keep climbing, you fall anyway. —Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky, Prisoners of Power (1969), translated by Helen Saltz Jacobson (1977) All her life she had made her own mistakes and her own successes, both usually by trying what others said she could not do.
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Arcadium by Sarah Gray