Marissa Slaven: ‘Code Blue’, a Young Adult Eco-Mystery

Marissa Slaven talks about her novel, Code Blue, an eco-mystery. Drawing on her love of the coast in New England and even her background as a palliative care physician, Marissa has created a near future world that is stressed by climate change in a society that has chosen to respond creatively to it. About the book, Marissa writes:

In my novel Code Blue, I imagine the future where climate change is worse than it is now, but people are at least trying. And no one is trying harder than the main characters, Tic, Phish, and Lee, a group of teens at a science academy who are trying to unravel mysteries both global and intensely personal.

She expertly weaves in various mysteries her main character, a high school student, must solve. These mysteries are both personal and scientific. Her book is one you cannot easily put down once you start reading it. My talk with her is followed by Marissa reading from the book.

And coming out later this year, look for Code Red, a sequel.

Follow Marissa Slaven on Twitter: @MarissaSlaven

Next month: Jennie Carlisle, curator and director of the Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University, and Laura England, a senior lecturer. They are two of three co-facilitators of ASU’s Climate Stories Collaborative. They consider the questions: How does an artist stay in a creative space? When producing climate art, what is more important – the process or the product? 

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This article is part of The Art House series.


As host of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Peterson Toscano regularly features artists who address climate change in their work. The Art House section of his program includes singer/songwriters, visual artists, comics, creative writers, and playwrights. Through a collaboration with Artists and Climate Change and Citizens’ Climate Education, each month Peterson reissues The Art House for this blog. If you have an idea for The Art House, contact Peterson: radio @

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