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Pendulum Paperback – August 17, 2017
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The book also manages to disguise Christopher's own point of view. The characters themselves pass judgement on revolt of the "yobs" (backward boys) but Christopher does not. Most of the characters in authority are unsympathetic and weak or amoral, especially a corrupt professor who kowtows to the young. Refreshingly, Christopher is no more sympathetic to the young rebels, who are portrayed realistically as ignorant and stupid louts, which is maybe why the book isn't more well known today; it goes against the zeitgeist of our time. The author's sour portrayal of human nature may also turn some readers off.
This book is the result of what a very talented author sees when he stares into the abyss and the abyss stares back. John Christopher had created several varieties of apocalypses before this book, but none so dark as this one. He went on to create some terrific children's science fiction. But to my knowledge he never wrote any more adult fiction after this, perhaps because there's nowhere to go from such a dark story. Highly recommended.