JEFF GOODELL ’s latest book, The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet, will be published by Little, Brown in July 2023. He is the New York Times best-selling author of six previous books, including The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, which was a New York Times Critics Top Book of 2017. As a journalist, he has covered climate change for more than two decades and is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. MORE
When heat comes, it’s invisible.
It doesn’t bend tree branches or blow hair across your face to let you know it’s arrived.
The ground doesn’t shake.
It just surrounds you and works on you in ways that you can’t anticipate or control.
You sweat. Your heart races. You’re thirsty. Your vision blurs.
The sun feels like the barrel of a gun pointed at you.
Plants look like they’re crying.
Cars are untouchable. Colors fade.
The air smells burned.
You can imagine fire even before you see it.
“You won’t see the world the same way after reading this book.”
—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Ministry for the Future
An explosive, completely new understanding of heat, the lethal force which threatens every living cell on Earth. Jeff Goodell presents a deeply-reported examination of the impact that temperature rise will have on our lives and on our planet, offering a vital new perspective on where we are headed, how we can prepare, and what is at stake if we fail to act.