A Canada Reads 2014 Top 40 Book
From the publisher:
In the not-too-distant future, thirty-seven-year-old Sandy lives a challenging and unfamiliar life. She survives by fishing, farming, and beekeeping on an isolated island with her partner, Marvin, and friend, Thomson. When the footprints of a thieving child start appearing in their garden, the family must come together to protect both the child and their fragile community.
In the face of scarcity, Sandy still dreams of being a mother. The thought of a child compels her to revisit her earlier life in a city plagued by power outages, unemployment, and protests. There she met Marvin and joined his violent cause, initiating a chain of events that led to tragic and life-altering consequences.
A powerful debut novel, Swarm is about persevering in a time of shrinking options, and coming to terms with regrettable choices.
Praise for Swarm:
"Imbued with dark lyricism and a disturbingly credible view of the end of the world, Carter's debut sifts through the lives of people existing on an isolated island, grappling just to survive a time of enormous social upheaval and change...A somberly melodic, literary foray." --Booklist
"Though it is future scenarios that have pushed these characters to act, the questions of this novel are the questions of our time." - The Winnipeg Review
"...one of the more realistic recent imaginings of the shape of things to come." - The Toronto Star