Title: Metabolize, If Able: A Novel
Author: Clay AD
Publisher: Arcadia Missa Publications
This book was purchased as part of GCLL’s 30 Days of Books campaign for Pride Month 2021, sponsored by a kind donation.
Metabolize, If Able is a queer correspondence sent from a dystopian future. Clay AD’s hybrid-novel follows the lives of clones and their spawn through medical charts, IMs, self-help meditations, screenplays, and, of course, epistles. For the clones, a corporation controls life and death, sickness and wealth. Corp doctors, or DRs, bring the clones to life and assign them work. But DRs restrict clone reproduction. They pathologize and withhold care. They keep the clones sick. What happens when the clones and their anti-Corp cell turn illness into a weapon? AD’s sci-fi world posits the hope found in collective intimacy & the struggle against state control.
(Text from Arcadia Missa.)