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Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart [Kindle Edition]

Harry Turtledove
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An explosion of incalculable magnitude in Yellowstone Park propelled lava and ash across the landscape and into the atmosphere, forever altering the climate of the entire continent. Nothing grows from the tainted soil. Stalled and stilled machines function only as statuary.
People have been scraping by on the excess food and goods produced before the eruption. But supplies are running low. Natural resources are dwindling. And former police officer Colin Ferguson knows that time is running out for his family—and for humanity....

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Praise for the Supervolcano Series
“Fun, fast, and furious.”—True Review
“Turtledove creates a whole intricate biosphere with a somehow breathable atmosphere.”—The New Yorker
“Well written and enjoyable....Fans of postapocalyptic stories should enjoy this one.”—SFRevu
“Entertaining....Turtledove writes a fabulous near-future survival tale.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
“A terrifying future of the United States that seems within the realm of possibility.”—Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Harry Turtledove, the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, has a PhD in Byzantine history. Nominated for the Nebula Award, he has won the Hugo, Sidewise, and John Esthen Cook awards. He lives with his wife and children in California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451465687
  • Publisher: Roc (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Young, the Restless, and the Very Cold December 10, 2013
By Stephen
Almost ten years ago, a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park erupted, vaporizing dozens and poisoning millions as it covered the west with ash and the atmosphere with dust. As years without a summer become a decade without a summer, the odds that the planet is slipping into another ice age rise, but all this is merely the backdrop to another episode about the Ferguson family, that venerable clan of dysfunctionals. Plot? Well, the father of the Fergusons is shot and retires; his ex-wife begins dating again; his oldest son has an affair with a married woman and is dumped by her after she realizes his selling one short story to Playboy doesn't make a career; his daughter tries to sell a story, but can't, even after she is also dumped by her Serbian freedom-fighting truck driving boyfriend; and his two younger sons have wives and are quite cold in Nebraska and Maine, respectively. Into these not-quite-so-gripping character dramas readers are treated to the glacial creep of change as people adopt to the new way of living: they use typewriters, because electricity is spastic, and they bicycle to work.

This is less science fiction and more soap opera: "The Young, the Restless, and the Very Cold". To be fair, Turtledove never writes a lot of plot; his method is to throw a dozen or so characters into Some Big Event and see their personal drama combine with it and interesting ways -- think of a German tank commander and a Soviet lady pilot becoming allies, for instance, in the Worldwar series -- or the love/hate relationship between Potter and Featherson in the Timeline-191 series. But in Supervolcano, there's no BIg Event happening: or rather, it HAPPENED in book one. The consequences are slow to be borne out, so all the reader is left with "As the World Turn....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This from an old sailor December 8, 2013
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The old liberty term was "screwed, blewed and tattooed." Blues is for old ladies' hair. I love all your books, but this one is boring. Is it from the "studio of H. Turtledove?"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing happens, and it's told in a very boring way. February 9, 2014
First off, I am normally a huge fan of Harry Turtledove. I have liked other novels he's written and it's hard to believe that a writer of his caliber could turn out something this mediocre.

First off, there's hardly a likeable character in the bunch. Colin Ferguson, the cop, is a knee-jerk conservative who hasn't a good thing to say or even think about almost anything or anyone. Vanessa, his incredibly selfish and self-centered daughter is sort of a knee-jerk liberal except that she shares her father's disdain for virtually everything. The ex-wife likewise is completely incapable of thinking that others are feeling human beings. The two sons are the only characters who actually grow and change over the course of the novel.

Another problem is that on almost every single page, every single character is complaining about how cold it is, the rain in LA or the nearly year-round snow elsewhere. Also, on nearly every single page the fact that electricity in many places is iffy, there are shortages of all sorts of things, and these days they have to walk, ride a bike, or take a bus (Oh, the horror!) to get anywhere. All of the busses are always late. Never is a bus on time. Gosh. I've been a bus rider and most of the time my experience was that the busses were on time. But not in this version of life. And every single character who has to ride the bus complains bitterly, apparently expecting that the service should be swift and wonderful.

In this book Turtledove doesn't trust his readers to recall any plot points for more than three pages, because over and over and over again he reminds us of something that happened a while back. Which is one reason nothing really happens.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing happens December 9, 2013
By David
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if you liked the other books or Turtledoves writing this is a good read but nothing happens.Loved the first, second was ok you find out who's killing old ladies. Third is one big afterwords. If there a fourth will get it at the library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Heroic Effort June 30, 2014
I'm trying to imagine how Supervolcano could have been made more boring. Nothing comes to mind. This is Vol. 3, with at least one more in the works. As near as i can tell, the author set out to demonstrate that destroying half the country and inaugurating a new Ice Age could be less interesting that episodes of Ozzie and Harriet set in Turku. It's a tough challenge, but he did it.

Twelve hundred pages. Recall the old saw that warfare is long periods of boredom punctuated by instants of stark terror? Turtledove doesn't believe in punctuation.

In Book 1, the Yellowstone volcano blows. Ten pages of running like Hell, and then 200 pages of getting to know a dysfunctional family that you really wish you hadn't. Oh, there's a serial killer, but he/she has nothing to do with the plot and nothing really happens except that he/she (avoiding spoilers) kills a few people. Oh, and a middle-aged lady gets pregnant. Woohoo.

Book 2, nothing happens. I mean, really, nothing. People in LA endure the hardship of not having reliable Internet service or fresh bananas. There's a moment of potential when an extremely unlikeable character encounters a survivalist enclave in the middle of devastated and uninhabitable Kansas (Is that redundant?), but it's Ok, they only are on stage long enough to take a potshot at our heroine, who skedaddles. End of plot thread. Meanwhile, her brother continues to hunt moose in Maine. Then a caffeine jolt: Turtledove gets tired of the serial killer thread so he tells us who the killer is -- totally from left field.

Book 3, unlikeable heroine gets ripped off by Balkan terrorist boyfriend who turns out to have hacker skills. Who knew? Everybody gets older... like the story. Main character gets shot and applies for pension. Pension comes. Stay tuned.

Not me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Turtledove does a better job of managing plots & events as this series...
The 3rd book in Harry Turtledove's "Supervolcano" series, "Things Fall Apart" continues the multifaceted storyline begun in "All Fall Down" in this... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Paul L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the book
Too much drama! Disappointed in the book. Stick with the science and lose the back story.
Published 24 days ago by T32ABOVE
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Found myself thinking what I'd do in the characters situations and interested in their whole new world. The whole series was fun to read
Published 25 days ago by Trey Boykin
5.0 out of 5 stars Although it is fiction, there is alot of sociological, and geological...
I love this book!!! Its a great read and although it is fiction, there is alot of sociological, and geological science at play here. Great Book!!!
Published 26 days ago by Lucas L Stroh LVA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have really enjoyed this series.
Published 2 months ago by Clint Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people rip this book because they feel not enough ...
Some people rip this book because they feel not enough happens, and in some sense they are correct. However to me it is all about character development not about the Supervolcano. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TimeBomb
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but kind of treading water
I can't say I didn't enjoy reading this volume in the series, but I can't say it grabbed me, either. In fact it was, at times, a bit of a slog. Read more
Published 5 months ago by W. Ivey
3.0 out of 5 stars you'll already know that he has a tendency to overuse certain stock...
Interesting story, but the premise, as indicated by the title, seems a little over-hyped. The physical effects of the supervolcano explosion seem to take a distant second place to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by stillafan
1.0 out of 5 stars very tedious
Most boring Turtledove book I have ever read! I kept expecting something to happen but nothing!!
Published 6 months ago by Zack Nayzak
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think
The best alternative histories are the ones that are plausible. Harry does a great job with this! In fact, he was a kind of inspiration for my own novel.
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More About the Author

Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart; The Guns of the South; How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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