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Selection Event [Kindle Edition]

Wayne Wightman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In an isolation experiment, Martin Lake had been below-ground for fourteen months and two weeks. He came up on May 30, Wednesday, 11:35 AM. He discovered that civilization had folded its arms across its breast, closed its eyes, and ceased.

When natural selection wipes the slate, there are always a few survivors. Unfortunately, nature does not select for beauty or intelligence.

Selection Event follows in the tradition of Earth Abides and The Road. In the aftermath of the catastrophe, this is what happens next. People open zoos, sabotage dams, and in a final nihilistic fling, several countries have a small nuclear exchange of greetings.

It is into this that Martin Lake awakens and has to find his way.

103,000 words


Orson Scott Card, Hugo and Nebula winner: "[Wayne Wightman is] of the names I['ve] learned to look for.... a romantic whose stories confess his belief that individuals can be larger than life, that their decisions can change the world around them."

John Brunner, the legend himself: "Wayne Wightman is agreeable company, both in person and via the printed page. As to the former, I'm afraid you will have to wait the chance to make his acquaintance.... As to the latter, however, now's your chance."

Richard Paul Russo, Philip K. Dick Award winner: "One of Wightman's great strengths is his willingness to go to the edge. He pulls no punches, whether the story is serious or violent or manic. You can count on him to take you places other writers shy away from."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Original Story 6 Aug. 2011
By Jaq
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I liked this, the characters are really well written and the story is different from anything else I've read. My only complaint is that the beginning is good but it drags a bit in the middle, however it gets back momentum at the end. Best non-zombie post apocalyptic book I've read so far, though parts of it are a bit overly philosophic.
Unlike a lot of apocalyptic stories there isn't a huge amount of violence in this one, it's basically about a man gathering others and trying to make his way in a world where almost eveyone is gone. You can really feel for the characters struggles because they are likeable, but the bad guys are just as well written which makes a nice change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a well written book about the world being wiped out by plague, or rather the world post plague and this is a plague with 99.99 etc % fatality . The main character is in an isolated room doing a social experiment. When he comes out he finds almost everyone is dead. the characters are pretty good, there are animal heroes too, it's gripping, it's pretty reasonable and realistic, the characters are good, all the events and decisions felt rational and logical, at no point did I feel that this is silly as with some books. I really enjoyed the feel of it and the style, I felt very comfortable reading it, I didn't want to hurry through it like some books but rtather saviour it. It kind of tails off at the end a little bit and I would like to see a second book and a bigger settlement, a school etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different Take 7 Oct. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, I think its title doesn't do it justice, it doesn't sound very exciting, but its a great story, well written, and entertaining.I especially liked the animals in the story as well, and the main characters, , and I really disliked the bad guys, read it in 2 days, and would def recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Post-Apocalyptic Story, No Zombies 29 April 2015
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Although this is a well-written tale of post-apocalyptic survival, there is little which is particularly original in it if you've read many other books from the same genre. Having said that, the parts written from the dog's point of view were a nice touch, as was the introduction of a character with a manic depressive disorder.

The idea of an isolation experiment in an underground chamber was bit corny but never mind, it's fiction! Being set in California there were the inevitable gun fights and lunatic religious cults springing up - the main character was particularly unlucky to fall foul of two such cults.

I don't think anyone with medical knowledge could read this book without cringing in some places, as these descriptions and explanations were glossed over and somewhat unrealistic. It seemed to me that if simply avoiding infection was the key to survival, as in this scenario, then many more people would have survived, and perhaps elements of the government and the military.

The title "Selection Event" doesn't do the book justice and the front cover is dreadful in my opinion - it gives the impression that it's a zombie novel, which it (thankfully) isn't, but overall I found it an enjoyable read and would buy a sequel. The author writes dialogue extremely well and brings locations and characters to life with great description. The book appears to have been properly edited and proof-read (or maybe the author is just a very good and careful writer!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book 21 Nov. 2014
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I really liked this book, it's an interesting concept and well written. None of us know how we would behave in similar circumstances and the story illustrates the good and the bad that people exhibit in extreme situations.
It's a very engaging read and I found myself hoping that the main characters came through. I read this book quickly because I found it hard to put down.
(On a personal note as a dog lover, I found it endearing that the importance of pets to our wellbeing and affections occupies a position of prominence in the story).

David Jones
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 20 July 2014
By Mary P
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I've waited 20+ years for someone to write this book! I've discovered my latest favourite author! :-D

I think I'll get on and read another....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read. 28 April 2015
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Very good read, interesting quirky characters and snappy dialogue. This could have been written by Stephen King, and that, in my opinion, is high praise. I loved the parts written from the dogs' perspective. Wayne Wightman is obviously a dog owner/lover. All in all an enjoyable read. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read 23 Aug. 2015
By carolyn
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A hopeful look at human nature, I think the character of Martin was the better side to human beings and I would hope that if the world did end that he would be there for me. Unfortunately there will always be the nutters that what to have things their way, in the name of God or just to rule over others. Excellent story. Congratulations to the author. Keep writing and I look forward to your next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and interesting enough to make you want to ...
Well written and interesting enough to make you want to read it and finish it! Selection Event avoided the formulaic apocalyptic story by clever little twists by the author!
Published 2 months ago by R. Bentall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good writting
Published 3 months ago by C. S. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story of survival, love the characters.
Fab and exciting story telling. Diaz rocks! If you like end of the world struggles, this is definitely one to read!
Published 4 months ago by Alexij66
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
One of the best post apocalyptic books I have read. This is a moving and beautifully told story which isn't how you would usually describe a book in this genre, but true... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing story
I recall watching the BBC TV series 'The Survivors' from the 1970s. This book was set in a similar scenario (societal collapse after a decimating pandemic) but today and in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Snazgul
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book- I've been getting bored of the normal apocolyptic books but this kept my interest. Worth a read
Published 5 months ago by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story kept me interested till the end
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it very
One of those books that keeps you looking forward to your next reading session with it. I enjoyed it very much
Published 6 months ago by fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Couldn't put this book down,the characters were so easy to relate to. An excellent read and not a zombie in sight which I liked. A scary though that life could be like this.
Published 7 months ago by janet shepherd
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