For years, scientists have argued about the effects of a global nuclear war, the best guesses saying there would be many human survivors, but the impact on the world as we know it would be immense. Electromagnetic pulses from the bombs would render most electronic equipment useless. Fallout would have impacts on the food supply, both animals used as meat and crops.
In "Half Past Midnight," author Jeff Brackett has imagined what it would be like in this post-nuclear-war world and how families like his own would survive. His protagonist, Leeland Dawcett, has thought about this eventuality and is more prepared than most, but soon finds that you can't plan for everything. As the Dawcett family adapts to the changing world, they discover what is important and what it takes to survive.
I found "Half Past Midnight" entertaining, not only as a vicarious adventure, but also as a thought exercise. How would I do in this situation? (Not very well.) How prepared would I be if it did happen? (Hardly prepared at all.) Books give us a chance to imagine experiences we'd like to have and those we'd rather not. I'll pick option B this time.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **