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Reading Quest » The Effort by Claire Holroyde


I had the immense privilege of reading an ARC of the near-future sci-fi novel THE EFFORT by Claire Holroyde!⁠

A smart, authentic tale about humanity, friendship, and survival, THE EFFORT offers a wholly unique and unexpected take on apocalyptic fiction that will stay with me for years to come. ⁠

I fell in love with every one of the characters, each alluring and relatable in their own way. The diverse locations and circumstances of each perspective give the reader a sweeping yet intimate look at the collapse of society as seen first-hand from those living it. ⁠

THE EFFORT takes a hard look at issues of internationality, corruption, climate change, rural-urban interdependence, morality, interpersonal relationships, and so much more. The story takes routes I didn’t expect, and the surprises continue through to the very end, making this a page-turner you’ll want to clear your schedule for.⁠

In short, I absolutely loved this beautifully dark, realistic look at how society might cope with an imminent extinction-level event. Highly recommend!⁠

Thank you to the author and Grand Central Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! ⁠

THE EFFORT is out January 12 from Grand Central Publishing, links below! 🚀💥☄️⁠


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