Carbon neutral targets? Missed. Global warming? Rising. Freak weather incidents? Yes, those too.
The government says it's on track to hit its 20 year targets. But The Powers, a youth-led political movement says Earth ain't (sic) got that long. They promise action NOW to save the world and are swept into power on a ticket of Planet Before People.
People are forced to stay home. Then people are forced to have a drone in their home to monitor their actions. And people face Removal if they don't comply. Flying Ant Day picks up the story from there.
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Flying Ant Day takes a sideways swipe at how the future of the planet could look if (when) carbon neutral targets aren't met.
Lymon's 8th and most controversial novel to date deals with tough themes of loneliness, crime and punishment and the demise of planet Earth in a way that will engage and entertain many, but probably offend a few.
Flying Ant Day is the one day of the year when giant ants leave their nests to procreate with other ants. In this book's context, with unrest growing within a population confined to their homes, The Powers decide to give the people one day of freedom on which they MUST leave their homes and enjoy the great outdoors. The wantonness and craziness that ensues soon earns the day the moniker Flying Ant Day.
You've probably noticed that the planet is dying for real. And the carbon neutral targets that are being set aren't going to be enough to save it. It's entirely plausible that within the next few years, a political movement will emerge that says 'enough of this shit, we have to take drastic action NOW.'
Flying Ant Day details the possible form that action could take, and its consequences on people's lives.
Flying Ant Day is a satire with serious points to make about the impact on mental health such drastic planet-saving measures are likely to have.
Jon Lymon is of the generation that gets roundly booed by younger people when they are forced to go outside on Flying Ant Day.
He's driven polluting cars since 1988, flown on polluting planes (very occasionally) and didn't know there was an ozone until it developed a hole.
This is his 8th novel.
Forced to give up his dog and take in a drone, Kent walks his apartment naked and plagiarises for a living. OK with the status quo under The Powers, his world is thrown upside down by Flying Ant Day, forcing him out into a world in which people of his generation are hated for what they've done to the planet.
Has automated his business to such an extent he has no work left to do. So he spends his time drinking and hacking into his home drone to get it to do things it wasn't programmed to do.
He's in a middle management role that requires him to manage the people below him while being managed by those above him. Kent and Mac suspect he works for The Powers, especially when he goes missing on the morning of Flying Ant Day.
Super intelligent and unrepentant ex- girlfriend of Kent's who reunites with him on Flying Ant Day and leads the mission to find Chris (another of her exes).
Escaped the country as soon as The Powers came to, well, power, but returns for a big renion on Flying Ant Day. Lives to regret it though.
The leader of The Powers is not afraid to make unpopular decisions to save the planet, but soon becomes a focus of hate, and is forced to hide away on Flying Ant Day for fear of reprisals.
The only person to survive two Removal attempts, Clax is something of a cult hero with freedom lovers. From his wheelchair, he leads the anti-Powers, anti-tech movement and swears like a trooper.