Stillicide is defined as: a continual dripping or the servitude of eavesdrop binding a servient tenement to receive from the dominant tenement rainwater from the eaves of a building located on the latter. Stillicide is a collection of short stories all taking place within the same time frame around a future dystopian city in England struggling to receive fresh water. At first, the stories all seem a bit disjointed, but they do give a good sense of place. Through the eyes of the storytellers, a world where humans continue to live their daily lives as yet another catastrophe of our own making threatens to dismantle everything. To make coffee, we harvest the respiration from trees, protests emerge as the impact of the Ice Dock is made imminent. The writing creates the feeling of a slightly off-kilter normal or a boring dystopia. Despite the world crashing down and the inherent risk of running out of fresh water, people are continuing on with their own drama, motivations and human needs. As the stories continue, the connectedness becomes apparent and the power of nature over human life is shown.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.