“If you take some agency in that relationship with death, that you will chart and course over your life – if you do that – you won’t be the first.”
Clean Air is definitely an unusual read. The speculative fiction aspect is really cool, it imagines a world where humans have been killed off by trees of all things! Pollen has become overwhelming and deadly, forcing the remaining human into domed living with masks and special precautions. We follow one family through their day to day until serial killer begins popping domes and killing families around them. Izabel, the mother of this family, becomes obsessed with the killer and finds her paranoia rising as he draws closer and closer to her family.
I’m not sure I “got” this one. I liked the environmental aspect but there was some supernatural stuff in there that was just out of place in my mind. That said, I loved the world building and the depth of the characters. The ending was a bit abrupt for my taste but it did give us the answer we needed.
Thanks to Algonquin Books for the gifted advanced copy. All opinions above are my own.
What’s your favorite tree?