Bev Prescott, Bev. “2 Degrees”, Bywater Books, 2018.
A Race Against Time
We are off into the future with Bev Prescott’s new novel, “2 Degrees”. It is the year 2092 and one woman risks everything she holds dear to save the life of the woman she loves.
Sharon Clausen is a self-reliant farmer who has a secret apple tree that keeps her and her wife, Eve, fed. Climate change has altered the face of Earth. There have been storms, disease, famine, thirst and war and those who have lived through these are worn out. The world has become a different place and trust with the ecology has eroded. It is necessary to hide one’s humanity in order to survive and that is just what Susan has done to protect Eve. Thus has to be done secretly and as far as Susan knows the only other people who know bout this are Dr. Ryan, a long-time confidant, and his wife, Areva. Every month, Sharon and Eve have to go from Maine to Boston to trade apples with Dr. Ryan for Eve’s leukemia medication. But then, Eve is kidnapped and the Ryan’s are murdered and Sharon learns that her best-kept secrets are coveted by a man known as the Strelitzia who is a cold and evil person.
Sharon embarks on a journey across North America to rescue Eve. Along the way, she is able to get help from an Inuit refugee boy, a stray dog named Erik the Red, an odd former school teacher, a jujitsu master, an Argentinean opera star, and a Muslim female scientist who leads an alliance of eclectic people known as the Qaunik. They all come together and they have to deal with storms, the desert, criminal gangs, feral humans and Strelitzia.
Ultimately, Sharon must face her greatest challenge if she wants to stay alive with Eve. She learns a great deal through this experience and she realizes that she has to change how she feels about love, trust and family. As she learns so do we especially about global warming. In the book no one paid any attention to the warnings and I was reminded that I had ignored the warnings about Hurricane Katrina and how surprised I was to see the devastation afterwards including losing everything. I understand that Bev Prescott is an environmental attorney so she knows what she writes about here. The condition that the country was in was due to ignoring the warnings but we do see that human decency and humanity can still exist during hard times.
I truly enjoyed the book and love the way Bev Prescott shared her story. Her prose is smooth and fresh, her characters are well developed and I found myself rapidly turning pages.