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Camp Zero

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399802352

Price: £9.99

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‘A page-turning feminist mystery thriller’ Observer

‘Distinctive and involving’ Daily Mail

‘Surprising and satisfying’ Guardian

Rose wants a better life for herself and her mother. Taking a job as a hostess in the Floating City’s elite club feels like her best hope.

It means she has a steady pay cheque, that she can stay cool as the temperatures hit new highs and when storms devastate the mainland, she is safe.

And when the eccentric creator of the Flick, the universally enjoyed digital implant which allows everyone to remain perpetually online, asks for her to spy on a secretive northern building project in return for her mother’s residency, Rose agrees.

But she is unprepared for the brutality of Camp Zero. And when it becomes clear that she is not the only person with an agenda, solidarity becomes as precious as fresh air.


Camp Zero is a sui generis novel, boldly imagined, intricately designed, and convincingly detailed. Though set in the near future, it resonates with a palpable sense of reality and with the deep insights into some dimensions of the human condition, such as migrations, the burden of the past, environmental destruction, gender inequality, self-recreation. Page by page, the prose shines with subtle verbal artistry. This is a groundbreaking literary work.
Ha Jin
Michelle Sterling has written a big, gutsy, and clear-eyed novel of the near future that neither lurches with dread nor swoons with false hope: it's a cold, hungry adventure story about the power of choice and the strength of solidarity. You won't be able to put it down.
Sean Michaels, Giller-Prize winning author of Us Conductors
In an equally tantalizing and terrifying tour de force, Michelle Min Sterling boldly remixes the realities of our present world, the danger we are in, and the fates we have settled for through a mesmerizing story of loyalty, deception, and ultimately love. Camp Zero's dark twists and bright turns left me breathless, hopeful, furious, and emboldened until the very end
Nancy Jooyoun Kim, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Story of Mina Lee
Sterling's stunning debut offers a glimpse into a climate change-ravaged future in which resources diminish quickly and new frontiers are hard to find . . . this cleverly constructed climate fiction mystery feels like one many readers could see within their lifetimes. This should earn a place on shelves alongside Station Eleven and Annihilation
Publishers Weekly
CAMP ZERO is the thrilling, urgent feminist climate fiction that the world needs. With extraordinary world-building, captivating characters, and sharp commentary on climate change, technology, colonialism, capitalism, and the patriarchy, Michelle Min Sterling's remarkable debut delivers its big ideas with suspense, endlessly surprising twists, and abundant heart
This is a distinctive, involving slice of cli-fi about the power of solidarity that illustrates how closely utopias and their opposites are related
Daily Mail
A gripping work of speculative climate fiction . . . page-turning feminist mystery-thriller
Action-packed . . . It's about how women can come together to change the world . . . incredible
Read with Jenna, Today
The different narratives come together in a surprising and satisfying way in this absorbing novel
A gripping story about survival, with compelling characters and frightening plot twists that will keep you riveted
Real Simple