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Post apocalyptic LA,
This review is from: Slow Apocalypse (Hardcover)
I was recently told about Varley and decided to check this one out. Basically it's the story of oil being destroyed by an engineered bug and the subsequent collapse of the world, but here it is about the USA and in particular L.A. If you are not interested in L.A. then don't bother, and you may need a map as other reviewers have commented but I found this book well written, in depth, logical, good on many points and substantial. The main character is a well off TV comedy writer who has some advance warning about the disaster and makes some preparation. Many post apocalyptic books are road stories, this one has the guy spending most of his time in or around L.A. and [spoiler]spends a great deal of time talking about him getting out of it. The end is just OK, it's logical and safe but not wildly exciting. It's a well written fairly sensible book that tells a good story, seems to want to help people somewhat in understanding readiness, and it doesn't spend pages talking about his gun collection as some books do. It's pretty exciting as the collapse and the bug lead to secondary and tertiary disasters and the protagonist faces crisis after crisis. Even his personal life has a crisis so good value all round!
Well worth a read if you want to immerse yourself in the collapse of L.A.
Update: I wrote this review on the busiest day of my year as stress relief and made a horrendous amount of mistakes, which I have now removed. Next time no reviews on hectic days!