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Hummingbird Salamander

by Jeff VanderMeer

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer X
Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer
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    Apr 2021, 368 pages

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An experimental and provoking eco-thriller that explores human impact on the natural world.

In Hummingbird Salamander, Jeff VanderMeer weaves cybersecurity, bioterrorism, wildlife trafficking and climate change into a cryptic story. While the book includes hallmarks of dystopian fiction, its bizarre events unfold in a world that is eerily relatable to our current moment, sitting in a liminal space between dystopia and reality.

The novel is set in the Pacific Northwest and is related in the first person by a woman who refers to herself as "Jane Smith." As readers, we never learn her true identity. Jane also anonymizes other characters, including her husband and daughter. Early on in the book, it becomes evident that she is a cybersecurity professional who is discerning about what details she passes on to the reader, and when. As she tells her story, she dispenses information in short, shotgun-like bursts that feel disjointed but are at times disarmingly candid.

Although ...

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