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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Announcement by Jim D Buchanan is one of the greatest books I have read this year and one that I’d recommend to every reader — and I mean every reader. You may ask: How can a book appeal to every reader? This story won’t appeal to everyone, but the universality of its themes and their relevance make this book a tool that should inspire real discussion on one of the serious problems humankind is faced with: climate change. In this story, the most gifted scientists have made a startling discovery — climate change is about to end the human species — and eight people who have been friends for a long time meet to talk about how this would affect their lives. It is 2024.
Jim D Buchanan writes a story that reflects the deepest concerns of those who care. The story starts with a very hopeless situation. ‘“It wasn't something as simple as a crime having been committed and the scientists ratting out the men who perpetrated it. It wasn’t someone saying, “If you don't take this action now, the effects will be this or that.” This was someone saying, “It’s too late.”’ The reader’s attention is gripped by the urgency of the crisis and they are keen to discover what could happen next. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that the reader can feel part of themselves in the narrative, find questions they have pondered on. The characters are real, and, like most of us, they reflect a real crisis when there is nothing left to do to fix it. The writing in The Announcement is infused with realism and humanity and the narrative features characters who will remind readers of what they should become before it’s too late. It’s a story that entertains and warns readers at the same time, one that invites readers to become the caretakers of the world they inherited.