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Story proves a point about interdependence
on September 16, 2015
This story is okay. A lot of the plot points are obvious, like the "accidental" discovery that an old car that happens to be at the main character's house just by happenstance is so old that it works after the disaster because the car has no modern electronics. What is missing is the probable dependence on bicycles to get around a town when cars or other technologies no longer work. Instead, people in this book try to live life like they used to (dependence on others to help them out, etc.) instead of facing the facts and doing for themselves. Maybe that is the point of the book as some people don't realize it until far too long. The story does point out the dependence that we all have on modern technology and what happens when a disaster takes out communications, transportation, or anything motorized, like water pumps, in one second. The story does make you want to start saving food and especially medicines (a major point of this book), but the importance of independence as each city becomes a citadel and all transients are suspects. Interesting points include some of the site specific issues like farmers in the Midwest having an abundance of corn and people elsewhere in need of food but no easy way to transport it to relieve hunger.