Alternate realities, simulated realities, mimicked realities—Kleeman’s novel bristles with simulacra satirizing the varied unreal realties we have imposed on society and on our lives. So at what point does the unreal supersede the real? What is even real to begin with? These questions take on immediate urgency in a world so beset by environmental disaster that it is literally burning up. Deftly weaving critical issues into a Pynchonesque narrative, what Kleeman gives us is no light-hearted romp, but a timely, necessary tale that's a pleasure to read.