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Summer of the Apocalypse Paperback – November 1, 2006
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If you'd like to see what folks have already said about the book, you can read them at the print edition listing at Summer of the Apocalypse
Oh, as a part of this posting, I gave my book five stars. I didn't have an option of not ranking it, and I didn't want to default to NO stars. The real-paper version of the book has been reviewed 44 times on Amazon as I write this, and it has averaged 4.5 stars. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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You know the story if you have read the description above and the other reviews. We are introduced to Eric, both the boy and the man, who has experienced two book end journeys through the apocalypse as a boy of fifteen and a elderly man of seventy five and we are told the story of both in alternating chapters. But as Amy, a previous reviewer, mentioned this is a book about fathers and sons and the relationships that define them as much as it is about the breakdown of society and one man's journey through it. Through Eric's eyes we see the generational differences and similarities that both seperate and bind.
Eric as a teen tries to come to grips with both the world falling apart at the seams and a father who he does not completely understand. A father who is at the same time both distant and somewhat cold and yet caring and warm in his own way. Eric as a seventy five year old man is trying to come to grips with a world that is resistant to discovering ways of rebuilding and a son who he feels has never understood him and who, perhaps, he might have failed as a child. There is hidden resentments, failed gestures, and yet a profound understanding, in the end, that what binds them all together is a love that is deep and overshadows everything else.
A good storyteller not only plunges you into a story with compelling elements and a good plot but lets you identify, on some level, with his or her characters.Read more ›
But every now and then a superior example of the genre comes around, and James Van Pelt knows how to string his sentences together. The story unfolds over a 60-year stretch following a virus that wipes out most of humanity. The depictions of society crumbling, as seen through the eyes of a teenaged boy, are chillingly believable. Intertwined is the story of the boy at the other end of his life trying to keep the flame of civilization alive. He embarks on a journey through the changed world, finding some things that might be expected (a crazed militia) and some unexpected (a tribe evolved from feral children).
For all of the death and destruction, however, this is a surprisingly humane novel, and it builds to the kind of emotional climax that only "On the Beach" has achieved within the genre.
For dessert, you get a confrontation between Librarians and New Barbarians. Who could ask for more?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book I didn't want to put down. Does a good job jumping between present/ future and the past. So many things that this book points out about man kind that he I wouldn't have... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This had the best of a good PA story- one story is of when Eric was 16 & taking place right after the virus wipes out 99% of the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam
I love realistic apocalyptic fiction and Summer of the Apocalypse is right up there among the classics for me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cary C. Dunlap
Summer of the Apocalypse stands head and shoulders above pretty much any dystopian story I have read, simply because it is personal. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Glen Robinson
Post-apocalypse in Denver with a decent, reasonably reflective survivor. Not a lot of Mad-Max thrills, just mediations on a world gone strange. A good read.Published 11 months ago by Majhul
Really enjoyed this one. A real page turner that pretty much refuses to be put down. The character of Eric is fascinating when you imagine all the events if his life. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Matt