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A life-affirming tale of global destruction!
on 3 January 2013
This book concerns a present day apocalypse (the end of oil) and that is the extent to which this is science fiction. Therefore Sci-fi fans that love a good post-apocalypse world and other readers that just enjoy well developed and likable characters that really grow and change as they face difficult decisions are both in for a real treat.
The plot concerns a screenwriter and his family plus friends and their extended families struggling to survive in California after catastrophic 'events'. Think TV show The Walking Dead without any walking dead. Apart from the fantastic writing, it really is an exciting and easy read making it very difficult to put down, the main reasons it appealed to me are:
1) People do not turn into Mad Max-style barbarians overnight. They still had concerns for others and even animals. Yes there are some bad people in this book and when scouts from the group go out foraging you can feel yourself tense up and really worry for their safety. But on the whole people are still willing to help each other and feel guilty about making choices that have a negative impact on others.
2) People in the group do not keep making stupid decisions just to create some action scenes. Young daughters do not go off in the night to meet boyfriends across town or anything. Believe me there is plenty for the group to worry about without contriving silly dangers.
3) People, both individually and collectively, come up with solutions for the short and long term rather than just accepting that this is the end of civilisation.
Highly recommended, a very good read. Scary and very tough things happen but I sympathised rather than felt depressed.