Imagine that instead of higher temperatures and rising waters, it was the trees that started the apocalypse. That is the setting in Clean Air.
It is ten years after The Turning, when runaway tree pollen killed more than half of the world’s population. The world has rebuilt using robots controlled by working-from-home humans. Humans are protected by domes with constantly running air filters. However, humans are still, well, troubled. After all the work to rebuild and maintain a society again, one human is slashing open the domes and killing entire families quickly.
Izabel is a wife to Kaito and a mother to four-year-old Cami. When Cami begins to have dreams that seemingly preview the killings, Izabel is compelled to find the maniac responsible. Can Izabel, a housewife who was traumatized by The Turning, really find the killer without being killed herself?
Clean Air has an original plot and well thought out world building. The mystery was good too. However, some of the dialogue didn’t seem natural considering the age and relationships of the characters. 4 stars!
Thanks to Algonquin Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.