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The Offset

3.7 (135 ratings by Goodreads)
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The world is dying and over populated. Professor Jac Boltanski is leading Project Salix, a ground-breaking new mission to save the world by replanting radioactive Greenland with genetically-modified willow trees. But things aren't working out and there are discrepancies in the data. Has someone intervened to sabotage her life's work?

In the meantime, her daughter Miri, an anti-natalist, has run away from home. Days before their Offset ceremony where one of her mothers must be sentenced to death, she is brought back against her will following a run-in with the law. Which parent will Miri pick to die: the one she loves, or the one she hates who is working to save the world?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Angry Robot
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0857669184
  • 9780857669186
  • 446,740

Review quote

"Thrilling, terrifying and beautifully crafted, The Offset is the perfect science-fiction novel for our times. I devoured it." "The Offset's searing critique of anti-natalism could do for eco-fascism what Ninety Eighty-Four did for socialism and Brave New World did for eugenics." "It is a bare-knuckle punch to the heart. Calder Szewczak made me suffer - brilliantly." "The Offset is a prophetic, urgent, gripping read that throws into question what saving the world really means." "The Offset shows how anti-natalism could also take a dystopian turn... even views aimed at reducing suffering can increase it if fanatics seize control." "An honest, terrifying and sincere look into our future." "A name to watch." "Bleak, haunting and intriguing." "Smart, compelling and absolutely of the moment. A truly elegant debut." "A chilling evocation of a possible future." "Very entertaining, compulsive & thought-provoking." "This is a beautifully written, brutal piece of dystopian fiction that does not shy away from the issues we must face today." "A powerfully told debut" "These co-writers have produced a vision of a blighted world where everyone has to make sacrifices for the greater good, personal happiness being the first thing to go."
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About Calder Szewczak

Calder Szewczak is writing duo Natasha C. Calder and Emma Szewczak, who met while studying at Cambridge. Natasha is a graduate of Clarion West 2018 and her work has previously appeared in The Stinging Fly, Lackington's and Curiosities, amongst others. Emma researches contemporary representations of the Holocaust and has published work with T&T Clark and the Paulist Press. Natasha is part of the writing duo, Calder Szewczak. The pair met while studying at Cambridge. Natasha is a graduate of Clarion West 2018 and her work has previously appeared in The Stinging Fly, Lackington's and Curiosities, amongst others. She lives in Ireland. Emma is part of the writing duo, Calder Szewczak. The pair met while studying at Cambridge. Emma researches contemporary representations of the Holocaust and has published work with T&T Clark and the Paulist Press. She splits her time between Poland and England.
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Rating details

135 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 23% (31)
4 36% (49)
3 30% (41)
2 8% (11)
1 2% (3)
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