Got well stuck into a beautiful new Saskatchewan-based speculative fiction YA novel by Alison Lohans … Timefall faces climate apocalypse, teen parenting, and issues of consent with an innocence that can’t help but be engaging.
author of Maddie Hatter Adventures
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Katie, a single 15-year-old mother, and Lorne, a classmate, fall into a world a thousand years in the future only to discover that their “ancient” world is on the verge of imminent ecological collapse and the future world is dying because there are no children.
As a former teacher, I see many topics for discussion:
• The issue of teen pregnancy/parenthood
• Parent/child relationships
• Ecological issues
• Survival strategies (I loved the fact that they brought a book on midwifery—genius!)
• Blessing/curse of being able to see the future.
As a reader, I wish the author had included a pronunciation guide for some of the names of the people in the future civilization. I was never quite satisfied with my decisions on those, but that didn’t detract from the story, and my discomfort in this matter may have added to the whole atmosphere and uncertainty of that setting.