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The Oblivion Society Paperback – September 10, 2007
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Out of the two, the setting is the most forgivable. On the gritty realism side, the author has clearly done his homework. Most of the effects of the nuclear devastation can be so realistic that they're almost too gruesome. You can tell that Marcus has a pretty good picture of what he's writing about with such lines as, "A nuclear detonation causes a disc-shaped hydrodynamic front of radially expanding gases in the atmosphere." The depiction of what happened to the two people they find in the store is unnerving in its specificity. And then against that backdrop, you have radiation causing effects straight out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The characters themselves say that some of what happens violates the laws of biology and physics. I cannot suspend my belief enough to include what is essentially Godzilla when the author has gone to so much effort to present the nuclear disaster in such great detail.
That's not to say that the setting is entirely believable even when it tries for realism. The characters drive for over a thousand miles, as far as I can tell, and they find nothing. Apparently every single thing has been destroyed for one thousand miles, except for the highway and a gas station.Read more ›
Oblivion does a good job of describing in great detail the surprising transformations that occur. It's impossible to give examples without spoiling the book. Hart provides such phenomenal word pictures of events that you've never seen, you may actually believe you've witnessed them.
The book does have a fault, in that the first three chapters tend to drag out and make the book seem longer than it is. This stigma, however, does not extend into the fourth chapter and the pace is justified for the remainder. Still, even with the slow beginning, the groundwork for the rest of the book is well laid and the investment of the reader's time is a small price for such a great reading investment.
Vivian Gray, a supermarket cashier/stocker, and her somewhat lazy mooching brother, Bobby, his bestfriend, Erik, Vivian's co-worker, Sherri, and some random douche that Bobby met at his favorite bar, Trent, are the only survivors of the nuclear holocaust that destroyed their city of Stillwater, Florida. As they set out on their wacky adventure, in search of other survivors and cities that may have escaped the carnage, they encounter the true extent of the unintentional nuclear war.
I got several laughs, a couple of grunts of annoyance, and a few scowls of disbelief from this very funny story. Marcus Hart did a very good job in fleshing out his story and characters-- the only problem with the latter is that he seemed to stick with what he started out with.
The book is more character driven than plot driven, which is great, only that, the characters don't seem to change much (other than physically) from where they started out at. Rather than go through each of the main characters I'll just pick out the one that was so outlandishly unchanged by the end of the story-- despite all that the group had gone through and all that had happened to him and all that he had seen-- it made my stomach hurt with the sheer stupidity of it.
Trent; the douche in the bar. In an effort not to give too much of the story away, I'll just say that when he's first introduced he's portrayed as being a poseur who has no self-awareness and an apparent identity crisis.Read more ›
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I am an incredibly picky reader, but this book had it all... Romance, action, comedy... Mutations... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stiletto Jane
Funny story, a great read, the only thing I would've liked to seen happen sooner in it was Trents demise!Published 11 months ago by Louis Quarleno
Great book. different for sure but humorous and quick paced. Hope theres more! will look for more from this author!Published 14 months ago by Brian Tabor
I have read this book multiple times and love it each and every time. If you are looking for a post apocalyptic story full of action and humor this is it! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael D. Hutter
Don't even know where to start....it is the end of the world as you never could imagine it. Some of the reference were dated (hello pres Clinton) but overall the storyline was... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Scrapper
Strange and fascinating, this was a fun, quirky read that was thoroughly enjoyable. Seven more words required to finish review.Published on June 2, 2013 by Jeremy S. Stevens
I enjoyed this though it's surely no great work of deep introspection. As a comedic exploration of the apocalypse and the folly of man, it's great. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I would like to give this book more than 3 stars, but just as it was getting good... It was over.Published on March 20, 2013 by John