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An Interesting Book.,
This review is from: Dies the Fire (Hardcover)
Firstly - Is it worth buying? - Yes. Did I enjoy reading it? - Yes- after the second or third read.
Dies the Fire is set in the same world as the 'Island in a Sea of Time' series. But this book deals with the repercussions of the effects that transported Nantaucket back in time are felt across America. These effects change certain natural constants with the results that most of our technology ceases to work.
Using a similar format to the 'Island' series S.M. Stirling charts the lives of two main groups of people who live in the region around Portland, Oregon.
With the breakdown in technology the book is at first just concerned with staying alive as law and order breakdown. It then goes on to show how different societies form and how they learn to define their own rules for living.
Obviously the survivors are divided into goodies and baddies. The baddies are, in many respects, similar to the baddies in the 'Island' but in this first book, of what I hope will be a series, we do not have a real insite to the workings of how the baddies think.
Yet it is an interesting book. It did take me a while to get into it. The pace does not seem fast but it does keep on going and there are surprises all the way through. I wish, however, that, as a non - American there was a map showing the area in which the book takes place.