After a deadly virus annihilates most of the world's population, 15-year-old Eric undertakes a perilous trek across a devastated Colorado landscape to find his missing father. Forging through a wasteland of abandoned autos and dead bodies, Eric survives crazed looters, wildfires, and a hangman's noose before joining a ragtag community of fellow survivors. Six decades later, after watching his brethren fall prey to illiteracy and a scavenger lifestyle, Eric embarks on another journey through a vastly transformed America, with the objective of rescuing lost knowledge from an abandoned library. His adversaries this time include wolves, feral children, and brutal survivalists. His encounters with the nastier side of human nature paradoxically provoke recognition of humanity's inherent goodness and give him hope for the inevitable renewal of civilization. Van Pelt's first novel is a solidly written, if somewhat routine, contribution to apocalyptic fiction, whose redeeming qualities arise from Van Pelt's deft subversion of contemporary, disaster-driven fears to forge a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Carl HaysCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
From the Author
Hi, I'm James Van Pelt, the author of Summer of the Apocalypse. By releasing the book in its Kindle edition, I've finally entered the 21st Century! Unfortunately, right now, the Kindle Edition listing doesn't include the reviews the hard copy of the book has already garnered.
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.
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