In The Offset, population is strictly controlled due to the Earth’s extreme pollution. If a couple have a child, that child at eighteen must pick one of her parents to die (offsetting their birth). Miri must decide between the mother she loves and the workaholic mother she hates. Does the extraordinary work fixing the planet done by the hated mom influence Miri’s choice?
The Offset probably has good intentions. It shows where ignoring climate change may lead us. Its world-building is great. However, the characters are cardboard thin. Even the plot, which feels like an even grimmer version of The Hunger Games, isn’t fleshed out much. Overall, the book is a miss for me. 2.5 stars.
Thanks to Angry Robot and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.