So Long Earth


Fiction - Realistic
417 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2020
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

A cautionary tale about global warming, So Long Earth by Michael Bienenstock takes place in the year 2017. The heavy effects of environmental destruction make Earth unsustainable and it threatens the existence of humanity. Dr. Thomas Burns, along with an esteemed group of scientists that he has personally selected, will embark on an ambitious plan to leave Earth to find a new galaxy that is conducive to habitation. Four giant spaceships with a 1,000-capacity for each vessel will venture into an exodus in the Alpha Centauri Galaxy. But the trip will be long and arduous. The feasibility of sustaining themselves in connection to how fast they can travel is a big question they need to address. Will they become pioneers who will unleash humanity’s potential on a new planet, or will they remain stuck on Earth and fail to save humanity?

So Long Earth will create mixed feelings or even divide readers. Bienenstock has obvious leanings against the Trump administration and in his environmental policies. It does, however, present interesting science and statistics on global warming like the increasing temperatures in major American cities and the factors that contribute to this alarming increase. In the same way that the protagonist Dr. Burns is selective of his team, Bienenstock appears to be selective with his target audience as well. This is a novel that will strongly appeal to anyone who finds enlightenment in Al Gore’s global warming presentation. While the dialogues are filled with criticisms against Trump’s policies, it also has an emotional angle with characters determined to save humanity, and with the hope that man can grow wiser and learn from his folly.