A book review by Frank Johnson in Ottawa’s Glebe Report.
Burning Souls a compelling read
Into the burgeoning field of climate change novels we receive Burning Souls by former Ottawa City Councillor David Chernushenko. This book is different. Do not pick it up unless you’re prepared to stay up late finishing it.
Chernushenko has a notable pedigree as an educator, filmmaker and author. His service on the council of the City of Ottawa included being chair of the Environment and Climate Protection Committee. That breadth of background knowledge shines through in this novel.
Crafted around the adventures of four optimistic Cambridge graduate students, it is well-paced and compelling. The principal characters – Sagan, Jenny, Jiro and Simone – develop interests and careers in climate science, business and journalism. Each is well developed and their stories form an excellent narrative that underpins the novel.