Review: Unsheltered by Clare Moleta
Unsheltered is most definitely the stuff of nightmares. I don't mean that in a negative way. The author has very deftly created a harsh and frightening world. She has a lot to say about climate change, and the abhorrent way we treat refugees. The pacing and flashbacks give the novel a very dreamlike feel--and it is a scary dream indeed. I'm tempted to use a description like gothic-dystopia meets Mad Max. But, somehow, that feels disrespectful.
Juxtaposed against the fear is the sheer love that Li has for her daughter, and it is this that causes her to push on, no matter how bad things get. For me, that was what truly held this novel together and kept me turning page after page. I think this will very much appeal to readers who enjoyed Kate Mildenhall's The Mother Fault, and for those looking for a book that is unique, challenging and, ultimately, unputdownable.
Thank you to Scribner Australia/Simon and Schuster Australia for my ARC of Unsheltered
This book counts toward my reading goal for the Aussie Author Challenge 2021