Roy Long’s review of We are the weathermakers: The history of climate change by Tim Flannery and Sally Walker

51d6aq8ff0l-_sx338_bo1204203200_In this compelling story, Tim Flannery explains the history of our climate in a simple, concise method that anyone can understand. He explains both natural processes and human impact, which is significantly altering the former. The book ends by discussing successful communities that have curbed their carbon footprint – and how they can be a model for all of us.

In the era of global climate change, it is important to understand both the science and the politics of the issue. The book is especially well written by the scientists, because the clarity makes it an agent of communication between the scientific community and everyone else.
The book is also well written in science. Discussed topics range from the Milankovitch Cycles to the rise of carbon in the Anthropocene. In short, this makes a great science book.

Roy rates this book 4.5/5

Tags: Nonfiction, climate change, science, politics, human impact on nature

Julia’s review of Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

23677316Sonya Petrova is an Auraseer, one with the power to sense the emotions of others, living in the Tsarist Russia-based fantasy country of Riaznin. After a terrible tragedy, she is made the Sovereign Auraseer whose job is to serve the emperor and protect him from those who wish him harm. Slowly, however, she is caught in the feud between Emperor Valko and his brother, Anton, just as the sparks of rebellion stir in the empire.

I would recommend this book to people who are fans of the genre. If you like Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, you may enjoy the similar setting. This book also touches upon politics, and the dichotomy between an absolute monarchy and a democracy. And if you like books that develop a deep antagonist-protagonist relationship, this might be the book for you.

Julia rates this book 3/5 stars.