After the Dragons

After the Dragons

4.25 (57 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

Dragons were fire and terror to the Western world, but in the East they brought life-giving rain. Now, no longer hailed as gods and struggling in the overheated pollution of Beijing, only the Eastern dragons survive. As drought plagues the aquatic creatures, a mysterious disease-shaolong, or "burnt lung"-afflicts the city's human inhabitants.

Jaded college student Xiang Kaifei scours Beijing streets for abandoned dragons, distracting himself from his diagnosis. Elijah Ahmed, a biracial American medical researcher, is drawn to Beijing by the memory of his grandmother and her death by shaolong. Interest in Beijing's dragons leads Kai and Eli into an unlikely partnership. With the resources of Kai's dragon rescue and Eli's immunology research, can the pair find a cure for shaolong and safety for the dragons? Eli and Kai must confront old ghosts and hard truths if there is any hope for themselves or the dragons they love.

After the Dragons is a tender story, for readers interested in the effects of climate change on environments and people, but who don't want a grim, hopeless read. Beautiful and challenging, focused on hope and care, this novel navigates the nuances of changing culture in a changing world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 245g
  • English
  • 1777091748
  • 9781777091743
  • 995,801

Review quote

"This is a slim, beautiful jewel-box of a novel. It is vividly atmospheric and feels real as if tiny flocks of dragons might sit on telephone lines in modern-day Beijing. It explores falling in love in the wake of grief and the ways in which we try to exert control over our lives. Its quiet intimacy will break your heart and give you hope -- and also dragons. Perfect, beautifully drawn dragons. It's a lovely debut and I look forward to seeing what Cynthia Zhang does next." - Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Calculating Stars

"Lovers of soft fantasy with low stakes should already have After the Dragons on their radar ... This is a fantastic read for people who love climate fiction and fantasy but who need to just lose themselves in a gentle story now and then." - Book Riot

"Those looking for a tender, mild escape ... will appreciate the space Zhang leaves for introspection ... Sweet, slow, and lightly speculative, this is sure to find an audience." - Publishers Weekly
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Rating details

57 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 47% (27)
4 37% (21)
3 12% (7)
2 0% (0)
1 4% (2)
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