Looking for a book -- preachy scifi environmentist/natives v. westerners edition
August 13, 2012 12:02 PM Subscribe
Looking for a book. It's based in a nearish future where something (I think the destruction of the moon) has given the Earth a ring. The protagonist was a young Inuit (I think) girl. I think the cover was blue.
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I'm pretty sure I read this in elementary school (late eighties), but I tended to read above my age level back then so this could have been a young adult or full on novel. It definitely had chapters. It probably did not have (many) pictures.
As mentioned above, Earth has a ring now. This has caused great environmental upheaval in the form of an ice age/global cooling. The main conflict is between a tribe of Inuit people (who don't mind the cooling, so much), and a more technically advanced group of people trying to survive in (underground? dome?) modern structures.
The "westerners*" come up with an idea to start (dyeing? spraypainting?) the local snow black, so that it can do a better job of absorbing the little heat that is coming in from the sun. This is very bad for the Inuit because it affects something that they need to survive (kills off the deer, maybe)?
The protagonist is a young Inuit girl who ends up inside the "westerners" structure somehow. I think that maybe she was sent by her tribe to ask the "westeners" to please not starve them to death -- but it's possible that maybe she was kidnapped? At the very least, the people of the dome were terrible to her at first.
I definitely remember one scene where she encounters a shower for the first time and is shocked that "these people have the power to command even the rain to their whims"
I was living in Toronto, ON when I read this, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a Canadian author. I feel a strong intuition that the title involved the word "ring" or earth", but lots of googling hasn't come up with much.
*this is probably a horrible term, but I couldn't come up with anything more accurate -- it's not natives v. europeans b/c it's far enough in the future that there is nothing to say that the non-natives were necessarily european. It's possible also that the natives are even natives -- they might be a bunch of luddites who decided to adapt to the environmental collapse by taking on the "native" way of life.