Do you ever fantasize about the end of the world? Well you are not alone!
Starting out as a group of friends who realized they were interested in post-apocalyptic books, they half-joking created this group, not fully understanding the obsession that was to come.
The group started out in London and now has over a thousand members. Due to its popularity, former London member Kate is opening up the Toronto Chapter.
We will meet once a month to chat about a pre-set post-apocalyptic book (and the occasional dystopia), as well as organizing author events, movie nights and socials etc.
We are also an equal opportunity group and don't discriminate against those who are into a bit of literature! So, if you fancy reading some books about the decline of society or the subsequent rebuilding of it while having a drink and a laugh then we would love to meet you.
To catch a glimpse of what our London group is like, check out this short video made by the lovely students of Kingston University:
For our start to the new year, our next book will be the environmentally apocalyptic Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta. This dystopian climate change novel was written simultaneously in English and Finnish and is a poetic and haunting read.
Here’s the blurb:
An amazing, award-winning speculative fiction debut novel by a major new talent, in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin.
Global warming has changed the world’s geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water, and China rules Europe, including the Scandinavian Union, which is occupied by the power state of New Qian. In this far north place, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that Noria’s father tends, which once provided water for her whole village.
But secrets do not stay hidden forever, and after her father’s death the army starts watching their town—and Noria. And as water becomes even scarcer, Noria must choose between safety and striking out, between knowledge and kinship.
Imaginative and engaging, lyrical and poignant, Memory of Water is an indelible novel that portrays a future that is all too possible.
*PLEASE NOTE: We will be meeting at Station Cafe and Kitchen (http://www.stationcafe.ca/) near Ossington subway station.
The book is available here:
Amazon- Paperback and Audiobook (https://www.amazon.ca/Memory-Water-Novel-Emmi-It%C3%A4ranta/dp/0062326155)
Chapters- Paperback and Kobo (https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/memory-of-water-a-novel/9780062326157-item.html)
Toronto Public Library- Paperback (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3117821&R=3117821)
Toronto Public Library- eBook (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3138653&R=3138653)