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The future is blue - endless blue...except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown. 

Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it’s full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time. 

But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.

©2021 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • newmoon
  • 2021-08-24

Cat Valente always astounds

This is a book I'm going to have to listen to again, and then again, to fully understand all the feels it makes me feel. That can only be a good thing, right?
Penelope Rawlins brings it all to life so viscerally--good luck wrapping your head around Tetley's reality.

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  • Joella Berkner
  • 2021-08-02

Beautiful and heartbreaking

Cathrynne Valente creates a post apocalyptic world like no other. A place where most people despair and yet we meet the most pure and wonderful character, Tetley Abednego. She is the sort of person I wish I could be, she’s been through hell but still views the world with joy and wonder. Tetley is the sort of friend that I think everyone needs in their life. Penelope Rawlins does a masterful job of voicing all the disparate characters from Tetley herself to each minor character she encounters each is brilliant.
This is a book you can’t help being enthralled by and won’t be able to stop thinking about.

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  • mr rodgers
  • 2021-07-30

a good sad story. nice quick listen

I enjoyed it and don't regret the credit spent.
this novel is pretty sad so be prepared for that. other than that I enjoyed the science fiction of it. hopefully things don't turn out that way but lol it feels possible.

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