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It's good but...
on 1 September 2012
I suppose I must start by saying that I enjoyed this book but I must also add that I found it strangely old-fashioned. I wouldn't have been surprised to find that it was really written by John Christopher - it had that sort of feel about it. The book is the first in a long series (which I'm not sure I'm going to actually chase up) but can stand alone. The series appears to be a more modern rewrite of the originals produced in the 80s.
The story is in three parts; the ruralistic, slightly dangerous, post-apocalyptic situation in England, as seen through the eyes of our hero, Jake Reed; the apocalyptic melt-down as experienced by Jake fourty years earlier; and what happened next. We shift from a "survivors" scenario, a small community living and working together... some of them carrying a bit of techno-baggage... all trying to build a better world, to an amazingly recognisable yet obviously advanced world where virtual reality plays a significant role in maintaining economic stability. We watch as this future-world is attacked and destroyed. Our hero manages to reach safety (a little too easily in my view). ...and then it all comes falling about our ears as the architects of destruction come to reap their rewards.
It's not a bad read... just strangely out of joint.