20/20 by B.
Shawn Clark introduces readers to a future world that is almost torn apart by
relentless storms and floods. Captain, an elderly white man recollects his
childhood in Miami in the 2020s, a period of his life when he met Harrison, a
white survivalist, and Calusa, a Native American woman. As a boy, he learned
the art of grit from these two people when they set out to build
self-sufficient homes as a storm devastated their neighborhood. Follow this
man's tale to learn the lessons he learned and how he became a mentor in his
own right after learning from Harrison. A tale that features unforgettable
characters and themes of survival, resilience, community, and grit.
This is a novel that feels as real as any can be and the
author does a wonderful job of capturing some of the key moments in
contemporary history and offering compelling historical hints. It is the tale
of man's struggle with the challenges posed by the rapidly changing environment
and the crisis environmental change poses. The first-narrative voice instantly
grabs the reader's attention and pulls them into the worldview of the narrator.
The author's use of streams of consciousness enriches the narrative by adding
depth to the character while deepening the sense of conflict that drives the
narrative forward. While B. Shawn Clark's debut novel offers a delightful
reading experience with an impressive cast of elaborately developed characters,
it echoes the fears that brush the hearts of contemporary readers when they
think about the future of our world. It is deeply resonant and timely, a novel
with a strong warning about what we may have to face in the near future if we
don't learn to take care of the environment.