The Sixth Extinction

I read The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert last summer, which is about humanity’s devastating effect on the environment. Kolbert claims that humanity is changing the environment to such an extent that there will be a man-made mass extinction, similar in severity to the one which killed the dinosaurs. Each chapter is devoted to a species, which has either already become or is in the process of going extinct. Kolbert also describes a few previous mass extinctions. Before reading this book, I had never read non-fiction for pleasure. Kolbert’s writing makes it feel like fiction. She has vivid descriptions of each place she visits, and more importantly, she describes the people she meets in detail, which makes them seem like characters in a novel. Colbert’s writing style makes this book is perfect for people who may be wanting to get into non-fiction.

2 thoughts on “The Sixth Extinction

  1. My biology teacher suggested this book, and I was thinking of picking it up soon! Thanks for the summary– definitely will be adding this to my list. đŸ™‚ If you like a science-y book that’s written like fiction but is based upon a real-life situation, I’d suggest THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston. Kind of graphic, as it’s about Ebola and related viruses, but an amazing thriller.

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised when the book turned out to be as engaging as it was. Also, thanks for your recommendation, I wouldn’t say I’m a scienc-y person, but I’ve been interested in disease since learning about the Bubonic Plague as a first grader. I’m currently reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, which is also a nonfiction book written in a fiction-y style.

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