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The Aftermath: A Novel of Survival Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2003
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A cruise ship of esteemed engineers survives a Christmas Day comet that lands off America's Northwest coast and pulverizes, burns or floods almost the entire globe, leaving only a tiny safe zone off the east coast of South Africa. The climate for survival here is ideal, given the abundance of natural resources. Too bad the ship sinks, no surprise given that the charts are worthless after this world-rearranging event. After a brief introduction to the disaster, the book covers the first year of progress in this new world.
Florman knows his technical details. The driving point of the book is the idea that after the world having been subjected to the equivalent of "being bombed back to the Stone Age", how would life recover if the survisors were technical geniuses? Would the last two thousand years of the world's technical progress be replicated in a much shorter time frame, since we already know all the answers, we just don't have the tools, people or resources to be there?
But the people are boring and as colorless as the sterotypical engineers Florman apparently wants to humanize. Even the "artsy" few, like the dance instructor from the cruise, are cardboard characters. Florman attempts to inject drama with a multicultural pirate leader attempting to pillage the island. The dramatic effort fails just as the pillaging attempt does.
This might make a manual for post-Apocalyptic survival kit, if this is it, we're in for a long, tedious repopulation of the planet.
The author is an engineer and this book is written as only an engineer can: dry and boring.
There is no life in the characters (at least in the first couple hundred pages which is as far as I got). It reads like a college textbook.
At one point, the survivors have a contest to name their new city. The author has them choose: "Engineering Village"...Geez, how creative!
I will give this book praise on one point: It cured my insomnia on two occasions. This is the absolute truth. Couldn't sleep, started reading and after about 3 pages I was out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Aftermath presents the scenario of an apocalyptic comet strike and a cruise ship full of the world's best engineers at precisely the opposite side of the world, off the coast... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Glen Books
...Or at least, he can't write very well... Know how those made-for-TV movies sometimes ruin a good story? Well, Florman manages to do this from the get-go. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by R&J
It's sort of a counterpoint to so much apocalyptic or survival fiction where a cross section of average people struggle in a very hostile environment. Read morePublished on September 15, 2007 by A. L. Jones
Florman is a man of considerable erudition and has written several truly excellent non-fiction books -- indeed, his non-fiction work can reach poetic levels of elegance and I... Read morePublished on May 30, 2006 by Irfan A. Alvi
This book is beyond bad. The premise is interesting: how a cruise ship full of engineers off the coast of Southern Africa handles the aftermath of the end of the world caused by a... Read morePublished on November 16, 2004 by R. Clarke
This book started out great - the world has ended and cruise ship passengers find themselves alone in the world. Read morePublished on December 22, 2003
I really enjoyed this book, although it wasn't the usual exciting page-turning thriller. Imagine that you're on a cruise with the world's smartest engineers in most disciplines,... Read morePublished on April 9, 2003 by Sharon A
This book has an interesting premise... our modern world is essentially destroyed by colliding with a comet. Read morePublished on August 19, 2002 by K. Araujo