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5.0 out of 5 stars The best end of the world novel I have ever read, even better than "The Road", April 7, 2010
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This review is from: The Dead and the Gone (The Last Survivors, Book 2) (Hardcover)
I have read hundreds of end of the world books in my life, I have read 80% of all zombie books, watched dozens of movies on the end of the world. What I look for in a post apocalyptic book is realism after the disaster. Ironically, I always accept the premise which led to the apocalypse with no question, but am extremely demanding that the characters and the world around them deal with the apocalypse realistically.

Americans have this naive, misplaced, idea that government is generally bad, and the importance of their own individualism. Most American post-apocalyptic fiction reflect this, having the government as either being destroyed immediately, or being incredible inept and making the crisis worse. The Dead and the Gone handles the collapse of society in a more realistic matter, a novelized version of the incredible British "Threads" film (1994).

Consider The Dead and the Gone a prequel and superior novel to "The Road". The Road was incredibly, unflinchingly, realistic, I have never read a book that conveyed such utter realistic hopelessness as The Road. The author was honest to the reader, and never tried to shelter the reader from the Man and the Boy's ultimate fate. But like many post-apocalyptic books, "The Road" was years after the disaster, and as movie critics complained, the Man and the Boy skirted cities so the reader never really truly saw the full hell this family and by extension, the world, went through. The Dead and the Gone vividly shows the death of the world.
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2011, 8:22:18 AM PDT
S. Hinton says:
Have you read "One Second After?" I think of it as a prequel to "The Road."

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2013, 1:12:04 AM PDT
travb says:
One Second After - I read 3/4 of it then lost it.
It is not a prequel to the road. One reviewer said it "seemed" to be.
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