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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart by Harry Turtledove

Genre: Fiction

Setting: A few years into the future,  after the eruption of the Yellowstone volcanic caldera.

First Sentence: The windup alarm clock on Colin Ferguson's nightstand ticked like a bomb.

This novel is the third in Turtledove's Supervolcano series.  The books in this series are a departure from Turtledove's usual novels.

In this novel Turtledove tells the story of the Ferguson family: their lives, their loves, and how they deal with the results of the supervolcano eruption.

The eruption has completely changed the climate of the earth.  It is colder.  The economy is shattered.  Food is harder to come by.  And technology is slowly falling apart due to age and overuse.

I don't consider this novel to be dystopian. Apart from the bad weather life is pretty much like life today.  Bad things happen.  Good things happen.  Each character adapts and moves on.

Some of the plot lines in this novel are continued from previous books in the series.  I suggest reading the books in order.

The novels are written in a breezy style with lots of word play and pop references.  Probably a fun beach read.  But not Turtledove's best.


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