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South Paperback – 2 Mar 2017

4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Open Market Edition edition (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786491974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786491978
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,591,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dark and beautiful and surprising. I loved it. -- Lauren Beukes South is an absolute blinder of a book. With its cracking pace, unforgettable characters, deliciously gruesome premise and you-won't-see-them-coming twists, if this doesn't make 'book of the year' shortlists, I will eat my Stetson. The Sisters Brothers meets The Stand, it's a post-apocalyptic genre game changer. -- Sarah Lotz There are echoes of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and Stephen King's The Stand, plus graphic violence and heart-stopping action set pieces, but what lifts South above many recent examples of the subgenre is Owen's pared-down prose, slick narrative and the sensitive depiction of Dyce and Vida's relationship. * Guardian * There's a constant, creeping sense of menace, plus enough fresh ideas to give South its own identity. * David West, SFX *

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A stunning high-concept post-apocalyptic debut novel in the vein of The Passage by Justin Cronin and Wool by Hugh Howey.

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A very well written tale that really engrossed and had the benefit of not being a complete downer like the absolutely brilliant The Road.

Where it lost a a star was in the shonky science...exchanging spit with another diseased person is a cure one of our heroes just comes up with. The other problem is the sense of time. Unless I misjudge this all kicks off in an alternate reality in about the 1960's but characters, even the younger ones , somehow make references to our timelines culture from much later which surely wouldn't exist if the world went to pot in the 60's. The war itself in a 20th Century America feels a decidedly shonky premise.

The problems don't detract from a great read though.
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Did not like the story.
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A different take on the apocalypse, and well worth a read.
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Frank Owen is the pseudonym for Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer, both great writers in their own right. Together they bring a mastery of language and story-telling that breathes fresh life into what is essentially a western.
Wholly believable characters who face adversity every single day while trying to survive the aftermath of a huge war that has left the South of the US a desolate landscape, where the changing of the wind can literally kill you.
Gripping and fun, with fantastic premise and characters. Loved it.
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