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Rough around the edges at the beginning, with a great middle and even better end
on 5 May 2011
I'll start with the negatives. This book could have done with an good editor... for the first 30% of the book you feel it's more of a fly-on-the-wall account, where the camera is being waved around at anyone that talks. It's informative, entertaining even, but it's a diary of events, and the writing style is a bit lacking.
Slowly, you get the sense that the author is learning how to write, and wham, about half way through the book it all begins to come together into a real story. It's natural for the words at the start of the book to be very different to the words at the end, perhaps written 6-12 months after the start, and I feel stronger editing could have dealt with that.
What about the positives? The last 30% of the book, really is a very compelling read. As the introductions and the explanations are completed, the pace really picks up and the result is gripping.
The real positive here, though, is the message. We really are all just living in a world made of straw, where our children only know that bread and milk comes from the supermarket, water comes from the tap, and no-one has any concept of "seasonal" produce anymore because most of it travels thousands of miles before it reaches the table, all year round. The human race is so very vulnerable, and civilisation could implode at any time.
There will, of course, be survivors - there always are - and reading this book gives some useful insight in how to be on the winning team.