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Title: Clean Air

Author: Sarah Blake

Published: 8th of February 2022 – Algonquin Books

Format: Digital (eARC) – 320 pages

Hello Hello!

Today is also my stop on the Algonquin Books Blog Tour for Clean Air by Sarah Blake, a fascinating science-fiction dystopia in which the air is toxic and the world we know has completely changed.

When I got the email about this blog tour, I immediately signed up because the book sounded amazing! I finished it last week, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting, so I have opted for a spotlight post instead. It was definitely a case of the book being great but not my kind of book, so definitely give it a shot because the premise was fantastic.

Thank you as always to Kelly and the team at Algonquin Books for letting me be part of this tour, and for providing me with a free copy of this book.

Now without further ado, here is all the book and author information!!


The climate apocalypse has come and gone, and in the end it wasn’t the temperature climbing or the waters rising. It was the trees. The world became overgrown, creating enough pollen to render the air unbreathable.

In the decade since the event known as the Turning, humanity has rebuilt, and Izabel has gotten used to the airtight domes that now contain her life. She raises her young daughter, Cami, and attempts to make peace with her mother’s death. She tries hard to be satisfied with this safe, prosperous new world, but instead she just feels stuck.

And then the peace of her town is shattered. Someone starts slashing through the domes at night, exposing people to the deadly pollen—a serial killer. Almost simultaneously, Cami begins sleep-talking, having whole conversations about the murders that she doesn’t remember after she wakes. Izabel becomes fixated on the killer, on both tracking him down and understanding him. What could compel someone to take so many lives after years dedicated to sheer survival, with humanity finally flourishing again?


Sarah Blake’s books include NaamahLet’s Not Live on EarthMr. West, and one chapbook, Named After Death. In 2013, she was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently lives in the U.K., but she lived most of her life in the Philadelphia area. Her second novel Clean Air is forthcoming from Algonquin Books. Please be in touch here with inquiries about readings, workshops, lectures, residencies, interviews, etc.

Sarah’s Links: WebsiteTwitterInstagramGoodreads

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and will want to try this book out soon.

See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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