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A classic of the genre,
This review is from: Empty World (Puffin Books) (Mass Market Paperback)
I've read at least a hundred 'end of the world' books and this one comes up time and time again when I've looked through lists of apocalyptic fiction, but I've only recently found a copy. I wasn't disappointed, other than in the length of the story (but I think it's aimed at the young adult audience so that's fairly typical). Every John Christopher book I've read was great so I was expecting a good story and I enjoyed this one too.
The story follows a teenage boy whose family is killed in a car accident at the beginning of the book. As he is recovering from this, living with his grandparents in a small English town, a plague spreads across the world. Old people are the first to die in an accelerated aging process, but gradually younger and younger people are affected. We follow's the boy's adventures as he seeks survivors in a vastly depopulated UK, but to say much more would spoil the story.