An astounding tale of a dangerous quest, a talking dog, and fragmented fairy tales in an eerie post-climate collapse future.
A long time ago, the Vanderchucks fled the growing climate disaster and followed their neighbours into the Underground. Jesse Vanderchuck thought it was the end. Of the world. Of life. Eventually, Jesse’s little sister, Olivia, ran away and Jesse started picking through trash heaps in Toronto’s abandoned subway tunnels. Day in, day out.
Now, years later, Jesse meets a talking dog. Fighting illness and the hostile world aboveground, Jesse and Doggo embark on a fool’s errand to find Olivia — or die trying. Along the way, Jesse spins a series of fairy tales from threads of memories, weaving together the past, present, and future into stories of brave girls, of cunning lads, of love in the face of wickedness, and of hope in the midst of despair.
Emily Brewes grew up in the wilds of northern Ontario, where she learned to be afraid of nature, especially bugs. She now writes wistfully of its rugged beauty and haunting landscapes. Emily lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Showcasing author Emily Brewes's genuinely entertaining and narrative-driven storytelling style, The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales is a deftly sculpted work of literary fiction that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.
A fantastical and magical debut infused with heart, longing and our need for companionship. A story within a story, Brewes skillfully guides the reader through a dystopian landscape where, against all odds, dreams and hope continue to thrive.
Emily Brewes endows the book with a sense of lightness despite the grim backdrop ... The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales offers one image of what might lie ahead if humanity plays its cards wrong.
[A] solid, genre-bending debut ... Dark and a little absurd, this will appeal to fans of intimate postapocalyptic tales.
Jesse's persistent mystery illness and the fear with which disease is treated in general bring an extra 'ripped from the headlines' urgency to the work ... Recommended for those who enjoy dying underground cities like those found in the Fallout vaults or Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (2003) but also want a more personal, meditative story.