I don't know why anyone would want to write a novel like this - there is just no good reason that I can see.
This story is a contemporary equivalent of the nuclear disaster tales of the Cold War era, but it differs in one fundamental way.
Varley avoids most of the cliches you find in bad survivalist books, but the book is too long and too dull to enjoy.
For the record, I’ll confess up front that I’ve avoided reading this for two years. Primarily because apocalyptic, dystopian visions of our future (far or near) have become so... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Vonne Anton
Varley is incapable of writing a bad story. This follows in a long line of great stories he's written. I hope he keeps turning out books for a long time.Published 2 months ago by Actor Rik
I've eagerly read everything of Varley's since his first published shorts. Never-the-less, this was a disappointment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rick Boatright
An incredible read. Kind of like an update of "Last Days of the Late, Great State of California by Curt Gentry, only it's the whole world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by db
I enjoyed this book very much. I found the story to be engrossing, the situations well thought out. People have pointed out that this is not John Varley's best books, but it is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven Becker
I read many reviews before buying this, so I was aware there would be some slow parts involving LA geography. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Lex
There are lots and lots and lots of books about the Collapse, and most of them are from average joes and janes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jonathan Cotton
I like Varley and, like others, enjoyed many of his earlier works more than this one. The subject is enticing - the end of the modern world - but it's been done repeatedly in many... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Avid Reader