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review 2 Degrees × eBook or Kindle ePUB Á Sharon Clausen a self reliant farmer has a secret apple tree—a tree that keeps her and her wife Eve fed In the year 2092 climate change has transformed the face of Earth Storms disease famine thirst and war show no mercy on the living In order to survive and protect Eve from the inhospitable world Nd his wife Areva Once a month Sharon and Eve travel from Maine to Boston to trade apples for Eve’s leukemia medication with Dr Ryan When Eve is kidnapped and the Ryan’s are murdered Sharon learns that her best kept secrets are coveted by a man known as the Strelitzia a coldly practical villainSharon sets out on a harrowing journey across North America to rescue Eve Along the way she gets help from an Inuit refuge. ‘The symbiosis between pain and life dictated that one didn’t exist without the other’ Maine author Bev Prescott has been a sergeant in the United States Air Force a scientist and an environmental attorney She now lives in Maine after travelling the globe and writes Her first novel was BLOWBACK and now she offers 2 DEGREES Her experience in her careers is telling as her depth of knowledge is demonstrated in this challenging fascinating and credible novel Bev not only tackles the uandaries and fears that face us today as far as environmental protection is concerned but she also has the ability to bring other very important issues to our attention – all in the form of a well sculpted original story filled with fascinating characters and incidents Her opening words tell us much ‘“There are too many of us” Eve slipped the silk remnant from her pocket and looked up at Sharon “We have to find another way I don’t have the strength to fight through the crowd” She wrapped the fabric adorned with the blues reds purples and yellows of long extinct flowers around her neck Sharon pulled her spouse into her arms and kissed her forehead “I know my love” She glanced from the ravenous human mass milling in the street to the building towering over them Blood red words and numbers scrolled across its solar wall panels spelling out Friday September 4 2092 937 am 20⁰C The City of Boston Regional Capital of the National Order of North America Eyeing the digital screen Sharon considered the irony of such a benign description for a place that ate the weakest alive “I’ll find a different road” Eve’s hands shook as she tried to tie the scarf The ashen pallor of her skin made the presence of cancer in her body obvious “I’ll have energy once I get a dose of chemotherapy from Dr Ryan” “Let me” Sharon curled her fingers over Eve’s to still her trembling “There’s a shortcut not too far” She tied the ends of the scarf into a loose knot “We have to get past the edge of this crowd first I’ll hold you close” She slipped an arm around her and struggled to move them forward against the arrhythmic cadence of Boston’s desperate inhabitants Every cell in her body tuned in to the freuency of sheltering Eve from ugliness and keeping her safe A clutch of masked street cleaners pitched another stiff corpse into the back of a lorry hydro’Bev has condensed this novel in a fine synopsis – ‘In the year 2092 climate change has transformed the face of Earth Storms disease famine thirst and war show no mercy on the living Sharon Clausen a self reliant farmer has a secret apple tree—a tree that keeps Sharon and her wife Eve fed The only other people who know of her secret or so she thinks is Dr Ryan a long time confidant and his wife Areva Once a month Sharon and Eve travel from Maine to Boston to trade apples with Dr Ryan for Eve’s leukemia treatment Everything suddenly changes when Eve is kidnapped and the Ryan’s are murdered Sharon learns that her best kept secrets are known and coveted by a man known as the Strelitzia—a coldly practical villain Sharon sets out on a harrowing journey across North America to rescue Eve Along the way she teams up with an Inuit refugee boy a stray dog named Erik the Red an eccentric former school teacher a jujitsu master an Argentinian opera star and a brilliant scientist who leads an alliance of eclectic people known as the aunik Together this ragtag group battle horrific storms an unrelenting desert terrifying criminal gangs feral humans and the Strelitzia In the end Sharon must face her greatest challenge—risk all that she loves for something much greater than herself’Writing of this caliber is not only impressive to read but also important to place before the public because of all of the many topics of concern it addresses Highly Recommended

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E boy a stray dog named Erik the Red an eccentric former school teacher a jujitsu master an Argentinian opera star and a brilliant Muslim female scientist who leads an alliance of eclectic people known as the aunik Together this ragtag group battle storms the desert criminal gangs feral humans and the StrelitziaIn the end Sharon must face her greatest challenge risk all that she loves for something greater than hersel. Climate change Global warming Sea levels rising We hear these words and think we know what they mean Sharon Clausen really knows because she lives in a post war post apocalyptic post civilized world There have been two world wars caused by the lack of food and resources and there is a complete breakdown of the world order based on nation states There is no economy Sharon and her wife Annie a Harvard PhD botanist live on the Clausen family farm They have forged an existence On a trip to their doctor Annie is kidnapped Sharon is frantic desperate to do whatever she must to get Annie back So behind her uest across an unrecognizable landscape that once was the United States through obstacles of man made origin as well as the harsh realities an angry scarred planet throws in her way She encounters a cast of characters some helpful some determined to ensure her failure There is little hope left in this landscape of loss poulTry by Derek humans roaming bandits and an antagonist no will stop at nothing to secure the secret that Sharon and Annie share one that could save the decimated planet Sharon meets rebels who oppose government control of all food That's a lot And this brief summary doesn't scratch the surface certainly doesn't plumb the depths of the moral and life threatening dilemmas that must be dealt with every day in this ravaged place that is all too real We can read this as science fiction and enjoy a well written story of survival and at the same time appreciate this a a cautionary tale of a not too distant future one we keep rushing toward with hardly any consideration of the conseuences our present willful inaction makes less certain with each day that we ignore the warnings

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2 DegreesSharon Clausen a self reliant farmer has a secret apple tree a tree that keeps her and her wife Eve fed In the year 2092 climate change has transformed the face of Earth Storms disease famine thirst and war show no mercy on the living In order to survive and protect Eve from the inhospitable world Sharon cloaks her humanityThe only other people who know of her secret or so she thinks is Dr Ryan a long time confidant a. I really enjoyed this book Sharon's journey was a good look into what happens when we don't take care of the planet Ms Prescott has done a great job of imagining and describing for her readers what the world will look like in a future where just surviving is a major accomplishment The love story is heartening in its portrayal of Sharon's undying love for her partner and the risks she is willing to take to get her back A definite must read