Book Review - The Sixth Extinction
What does the extinction of the dinosaurs, mutating diseases, global warming and globalization all have in common? I’m sure you can think of a few things, but according to Kent Lester in his new book The Sixth Extinction, its worse than you think. What does the extinction of the dinosaurs, mutating diseases, global warming and globalization all have in common? I’m sure you can think of a few things, but according to Kent Lesterhttp://www.kentlester.com in his new book The Sixth Extinction, its worse than you think. The premise is that the earth has already undergone five mass extinctions, and we may currently be undergoing the sixth at the rate that we are destroying the planet. In the story, a remote village in Honduras comes down with a mysterious illness causing several of the citizens to have extreme hallucinations. There are possible links to a new factory, which provides jobs for many of the villagers and is backed by the US government. From there the conspiracy only spirals further as the main characters learn that this strange illness is also affecting marine life and is mutating to generate new diseases faster than scientists can develop cures. While this book is not environmentally specific, it does have common themes like eco-terrorists, diseases that morph due to a changing environment and the threat of melting polar icecaps. This story is one that anyone can relate to, as Dan Clifford and Rachel Sullivan, the two main characters are average people who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves environmentalists, but are thrown into this wild-ride and are playing the cards that they were dealt in order to save their community.
If you’re looking for a fast read that isn’t trying to teach you a lesson, but does make you think about the environmental factors of all of these new animal to human diseases, then The Sixth Extinction is worth reading. While I may not agree with some of the solutions, like their idea of releasing an experimental disease into the environment to combat another one, this isn’t my story to tell. The book is a light, thrilling read because it is not an in-your-face style eco-read, but rather uses environmental-themes to create a potential real world what-if scenario. In turn, this tale has the potential for an action-packed movie – plenty of plot changes and nail-biting cliffhangers, with maybe an eco-stud like DiCaprio for the role of Clifford.