This sharp, shocking book covers the anthropocene extinction. Kolbert neither flinches nor reprimands, which creates a very powerful read. Â I read her “Field Notes form a Catastrophe” years ago (and heard her talk out here somewhere – maybe at Town Hall?) and that book helped to convince me that climate change is happening faster than any of our models suggest. Â The sixth Extinction convinced me that extinctions are happening even faster than I thought, and helped me understand the varying nuances of the primary cause, which is, of course, us.
Kolbert gives us information she has been gathering in the field through a series of short and readable vignettes. Â These stories are then surrounded and peppered with additional information, creating good readability. Â I’m often a bit tired and stressed with all of the hats I wear, and it’s become rare for me to find non-fiction that keeps me flipping pages and reading “one more chapter.”
I highly recommend this book toÂ my futurist and science fiction writing friends, as well a the animal lovers I know. Â Or really, any humans. Â 🙂