Corvus by Harold Johnson (2015)

26840855._UY2550_SS2550_Where would you escape to after global warming has evaporated most of the world’s water, and after two intra-American wars for resources have devastated the societies of America? Northward, of course. Specifically La Ronge, Central Saskatchewan.

     Escape. That’s one of the traits shared by most of the people in Harold Johnson’s Corvus. Take George Taylor, a prosecutor in the Department of Justice, who dreams of moving to Bel Arial, the city floating in the clouds above La Ronge. He, however, hasn’t quite attained the societal status or weight requirements to do so. As an alternative he invests in an ORV, Organic Recreational Vehicle, based on the design and genetics of a raven. The vehicle becomes his form of escape from the prosecutions against the poorer people of La Ronge that he increasingly finds unfair.

     Justice and the treatment of people is a major part of the philosophy of the novel. Johnson, as prosecutor himself in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, and a member of the Cree nation intricately weaves together his knowledge and experience of the legal profession with the legends and philosophies of the Cree. This novel is definitely a good read but should not be read if one is looking for action and suspense as it focuses more on the relationships and philosophies of the characters.

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