Blaze Island by Catherine Bush

Blaze Island opens with a Category Five hurricane off one of Newfoundland’s most northern Islands, a ferry ride from Gander. Rain and wind batter the Island and the home of Milan Wells and his daughter. A disturbance from the front door finds a young man, soaked and unconscious.

Catherine Bush tells us a story of the climate changes that threaten the world as we know it. Climatologist Milan Wells escapes to the Island, with his daughter Miranda, grieving for his dead wife and disgraced by the denial of his peers for his warning that the climate is in trouble. Miranda is approaching adulthood. Having lived under her father’s strict rules and secrecy, she questions her father’s intention and her own loneliness. We get an understanding of the past with Miranda’s memories.

Miranda is friends with her father’s assistant, Caleb, who is infatuated with Miranda but she has a new interest with Frank, the visitor stranded on the Island. Other strangers arrive that are wealthy and interested in Well’s ideas of controlling the weather. But nor for any idealistic reason, other than how it can be used to their advantage.

Catherine Bush’s distinctive prose makes the reading enjoyable. One can experience the isolation, the ways of the locals, the revelation of the problems with the climate. She points out a dire situation that climate change could bring and offers us food for thought towards a better future. Her attention to detail and research is evident throughout the novel. People who are concerned about the changes in the climate and how it can affect us will like this story.

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  • Paperback : 365 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1773101056
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1773101057
  • Publisher : Goose Lane Editions (Sept. 1 2020)

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Carole Linton MacFarquhar
Carole Linton MacFarquhar
October 5, 2020 11:39

I appreciate your deliberate avoidance of reference to Shakespeare. I hope this novel works as well as, say, Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

allan hudson
Reply to  Carole Linton MacFarquhar
October 5, 2020 14:23

I would like to suggest, in my opinion, this novel works out better than Sawtelle. But I can’t say that for a fact as I couldn’t get into The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I’m basing my opinion on other reviews and an in depth synopsis I read.