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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Supervolcano: Eruption by Harry Turtledove

Genre: Fiction

Setting: North America

First sentence: Colin Ferguson woke up with a hangover, alone in an unfamiliar double bed.

This novel is the first in Turtledove's Supervolcano series.

Sitting under Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano.  That's why there are so many geysers and other geothermal effects in that area.  Some geologists believe that Yellowstone is over due for an eruption.

What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted?

That's the premise of Turtledove's novel.  The author follows the members of a family as they cope with the effects of the eruption.  The characters are spread out over different parts of North America from California to the Midwest to Northern Maine.  As Turtledove moves from character to character, he tells the tale from each character's point of view.  The characters must struggle with the ashfall from the volcano as well as the changing climate.  They must also deal with their own personal issues.  And to complicate things, some countries in the Middle East have chosen this time to use nuclear weapons.

I really enjoyed  reading this novel.  Turtledove has a writing style which is very readable.  Along the way he slips in some clever word play and some pop culture references.

Since this is the first novel of the series, there is no conflict resolution.  And it looks like things are just going to get worse.  Which means I'll be reading the next book in the series soon!

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