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Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape, by Cal Flyn

aurelia2's review against another edition

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4.0

Will be recommending this book to a lot of people, the writing style is evocative, Flyn creates a real sense of each location despite the huge variety. This book looks at places that humans have abandoned by choice or otherwise, whether from environmental catastrophes, socio/political/economic collapse, warfare or toxins. While it could easily have been a depressing read, Flyn manages to tread a silver lining for most of the book, the way nature has bounced back (or even flourished for a specific definition) in different ways after humanity takes a step back. The final two chapters are more of a warning, as Flyn makes sure this book isn't used as a free pass. Overall a very informative read, and very engaging.

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4.0

This was a beautiful book exploring life in the places lifeless. It provided hope that life truly does "find a way". It described in gorgeous detail the most undocumented locations and their bountiful offerings of life in a honest yet mystical way. 

ruthorfiction's review against another edition

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challenging informative inspiring slow-paced

3.25

silverthane's review against another edition

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informative reflective medium-paced

2.5

Some interesting bits. Became quite apocolyptic before the end.

mallaeuswastaken's review against another edition

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3.0

An anthropological tour of the abandoned places once touched by humans. From those deserted by circumstance, or those left to rot in the wake of disaster, this book is at times unflinchingly cynical about humanity's future, while also retaining some semblance of hope that there is still work that remains to be done.

nataalia_sanchez's review against another edition

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4.5

susannaobrien's review against another edition

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informative reflective slow-paced

3.0

thesamthatiam's review against another edition

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3.5

It has taken me a long time to finish this book. Whilst it's incredibly interesting, I'd admittedly had preferred this in the form of a documentary or podcast as it was a very heavy read.

The book visits different places that have gone through varying scenarios that have left them abandoned and fending for themselves. Some places I'd heard of and some I've not, it was fascinating to learn the history of them all, as well as getting to see how the earth finds a way to come back to itself, even in the most unexpected of places.

However, I felt the book over descriptive with a lack of feeling. All of the wonderful feeling and introspection happened in the last two chapters, sitting heavily in the last 20 pages. I wish more of that was weaved into every single story, not only making the book more digestible but also adding that dimension which felt like it was missing. 

katherineknitsandreads's review against another edition

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informative reflective slow-paced

4.0

alexregan's review against another edition

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3.0