"Potent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the 'eerily banal language of climatology' in favor of lush, rolling prose." --Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times "Most of us know the gist, if not the details, of the climate change crisis. And yet it is almost impossible to sustain strong feelings about it. David Wallace-Wells has now provided the details, and with writing that is not only clear and forceful, but often imaginative and even funny, he has found a way to make the information deeply felt." --Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated "A brilliant new book. . . . a remorseless, near-unbearable account of what we are doing to our planet." --John Lanchester, The New York Times Book Review "David Wallace-Wells argues that the impacts of climate change will be much graver than most people realize, and he's right. The Uninhabitable Earth is a timely and provocative work." --Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
"An excellent book. . . . Not since Bill McKibben's The End of Nature thirty years ago have we been told what climate change will mean in such vivid terms." --Fred Pearce, The Washington Post "One of the very few books about our climate change emergency that doesn't sugarcoat the horror." --William T. Vollmann, author of No Immediate Danger
"Powerfully argued. . . . A masterly analysis of why--with a world of solutions--we choose doom." --Nature "This gripping, terrifying, furiously readable book is possibly the most wide-ranging account yet written of the ways in which climate change will transform every aspect of our lives, ranging from where we live to what we eat and the stories we tell. Essential reading for our ever-more-unfamiliar and unpredictable world." --Amitav Ghosh, author of Flood of Fire "Urgent and humane. . . . Wallace-Wells is an extremely adept storyteller. . . . A horrifying assessment of what we might expect as a result of climate change if we don't change course." --Susan Matthews, Slate "If we don't want our grandchildren to curse us, we had better read this book." --Timothy Snyder, author of Black Earth "Lively. . . . Vivid. . . . If you've snoozed through or turned away from the climate change news, this book will waken and update you. If you're steeped in the unfolding climate drama, Wallace-Wells's voice and perspective will be stimulating." --David George Haskell, The Guardian "Beautifully written. . . . As climate change encroaches, things will get worse. Much worse. And David Wallace-Wells spares no detail in explaining how." --Kate Aronoff, Bookforum "Relentless, angry journalism of the highest order. Read it and, for the lack of any more useful response, weep." --Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times "A brilliant and unsparing analysis of a nightmare that is no longer a distant future but our chaotic, burning present. Unlike other writers who speak about human agency in the abstract, Wallace-Wells zeros in on the power structures and capitalist elites whose mindless greed is writing an obituary for our grandchildren." --Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear
"A lucid and thorough description of our unprecedented crisis, and of the mechanisms of denial with which we seek to avoid its fullest recognition." --William Gibson, author of Neuromancer
"David Wallace-Wells has produced a willfully terrifying polemic that reads like a cross between Stephen King and Stephen Hawking. Written with verve and insight and an eerie gusto for its own horrors, it comes just when we need it; it could not be more urgent than it is at this moment. I hope everyone will read it and be afraid." --Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
**SUNDAY TIMES AND THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
'An epoch-defining book' Matt Haig
'If you read just one work of non-fiction this year, it should probably be this' David Sexton, Evening Standard
Selected as a Book of the Year 2019 by the Sunday Times, Spectator and New Statesman
A Waterstones Paperback of the Year and shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year 2019
Longlisted for the PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
It is worse, much worse, than you think.
The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.
Over the past decades, the term "Anthropocene" has climbed into the popular imagination - a name given to the geologic era we live in now, one defined by human intervention in the life of the planet. But however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. In the meantime, it will remake us, transforming every aspect of the way we live-the planet no longer nurturing a dream of abundance, but a living nightmare.