A Cli-Fi Novel stands for Climate-Fiction Novel. It is an exciting genre of fiction that has become famous in the last ten to twelve years. Cli-Fi novels have dystopian themes, and they explore the different possible future scenarios that can come about if the climate crisis is left unaddressed.
Cli-Fi novels are popular for their bold and eerie style. They are often widely read by people as a means to mentally and emotionally prepare themselves for the adverse consequences of climate change in the future. Here are some examples of Cli-Fi novels that readers have enjoyed:
The Year of the Flood
Margaret Atwood is an award-winning novelist and poet. She has written over 50 books. Some of the most well-known ones are “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Testaments,” and “Alias Grace.” Her book, ‘The Year of the Flood,’ which was released in 2009, was widely enjoyed for its powerful and imaginative storytelling.
It’s about how the survivors manage to make sense of their reality in the backdrop of deep environmental instability and uncertainty. The book has an interesting use of religious themes, and it explores the benefits of vegetarianism.
Odds Against Tomorrow
This book by Nathaniel Rich is an incredible exploration of corporate greed. It’s a classic post-apocalyptic fiction novel. The book has a protagonist named Mitchell Zukor. He is a young and talented mathematician who works for a strange consulting firm.
His job description involves meticulous research into the likely devastating climate change scenarios that corporations can face in the future. He is also demanded to come up with plans to help the corporations protect themselves through a robust disaster management strategy. The novel explores the obsessive nature of the protagonist and gives an eerie image of the future.
Lauren Groff is popular for works like “Matrix” and “Fates and Furies.” She describes her writing job as lonely and often spends a lot of time contemplating how humanity has conducted itself in the past and the kind of challenges it is likely to face in the coming future.
In her book ‘Florida,’ she explores the thrill and uncertainty of living in the natural world. She has a unique writing style that goes into detail about the nature of human suffering. She explores difficult scenarios like debilitating heat in the daytime and bone-chilling nights. If you enjoy reading or watching strong female characters, this book will be an absolute treat for you.
Parable of the Sower
Octavia E. Butler explores the rapid climate change, the breakdown of structures, and the weakening of ties between people in her book ‘Parable of the Sower.’ The protagonist of the book is a Southern Californian girl named Lauren Olamina.
She has a congenital disability which makes her feel everything that the people around her feel. With such a difficult condition, she finds herself in a survival situation with refugees.