THE SURVIVING SKY by Kritika H. Rao

THE SURVIVING SKY by Kritika H. Rao

Sunday, Jan 14, 2024

Review by Abe Ziesing

"Trippy" is the word that comes to mind to describe this botanical space-opera that's as far-out as the psychedelic sixties.

Shuffling between the viewpoints of a married couple whose relationship is sometimes toxic, sometimes complementary and passionate, we are thrown full-force into a world that might be far-future post-apocalyptic Earth, but it's almost unrecognizable.

Some of the population have the ability to rapidly shape and grow plant life with a mysterious mental ability that seems to have been a product of evolution. Those without this ability find themselves on a lower rung of the social and political caste system. It just so happens that they are more important than meets the eye, especially our protagonist, whose husband does have this psychic ability in spades.

Flying habitats made entirely of plant life float above the angry and deadly jungle that is home to enormous beasts that are somehow surviving in this continuous cataclysm. With the psychic abilities of the plant "architects" slowly diminishing, and the "Earth rages" getting worse, someone will need to find the solution by decoding the lost history of how things came to be as they are.

Creativity is off the scale in part one of this hefty duology.