How High We Go in the Dark

A Novel

Hardcover, 304 pages

English language

Published Jan. 18, 2022 by William Morrow.


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4 stars (7 reviews)

Beginning in 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the Batagaika crater, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost, including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who appears to have died of an ancient virus.

Once unleashed, the Arctic Plague will reshape life on earth for generations to come, quickly traversing the globe, forcing humanity to devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace possibility in the face of tragedy. In a theme park designed for terminally ill children, a cynical employee falls in love with a mother desperate to hold on to her infected son. A heartbroken scientist searching for a cure finds a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects—a pig—develops the capacity for human speech. A widowed painter and her teenaged granddaughter embark on a …

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Sequoia Nagamatsu's (@SequoiaN) How High We Go in the Dark is a dark, haunting, and insightful pandemic novel of short stories that rotate the protagonist role through an ensemble of characters. Each short story is a beautiful piece of literary speculative fiction that helps the reader to digest the grief and horror of the pandemic and find something to build hope upon.

When I reached the story about the euthanasia theme park for terminally-ill children, I was ready to put it down, but some of his metaphors started to land and drove me through the rest of the book.

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  • Fiction
  • Dystopian