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“very interesting book, not read one quite like it, its basically what would happen in a modern day world if the population was reduced by something in the region of 99%. Great read, some excellent moments in the first 1/3. It dwindles after that, and i would have loved there to be a sequel but it...”see full review » see other reviews »
“06/12: LOVED the BBC miniseries so much, I watched it twice, back-to-back. Couldn't wait for the book to come into the library. But this is one of those rare cases where the TV version is better than the written. Guess that's because I saw the miniseries first.”Shannon C wrote this review Saturday, June 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a streamlined narrative about a post-apocalyptic landscape. The author (Terry Nation) creates believable but largely "unengageable" characters; this is not a bad technique as Nation forces the reader to pay more attention to the ACT of fighting for survival rather than the survivors themselves. In fact, his characters seemed incidental to me, leaving me to better see the detailed challenges and realities of recreating civilization. Personally, I tend to be drawn to character-driven post-apocalyptic narratives, but this book is so thoughtful about the plot and landscape that I didn't mind that the main character (Abby Grant) remained two-dimensional.
It's a quick read though fans of the BBC series may have some adjusting to do since there are differences in plots and characters. This is a good weekend trip (or at home) read.”
“Good story and world-building. Fairly suspenseful, ending is great too. You can't beat a end of the world story usually and this delivers the goods.
Edit: probaby deserves 4 stars but I love Terry Nation and Doctor Who, and Blake's 7. I also read this when I was 12 and it has a lot of nostalgia for me. It really held up though on my reading 20 years later. It's the same book I checked out last time from my library last time. Cool, no?”
“very interesting book, not read one quite like it, its basically what would happen in a modern day world if the population was reduced by something in the region of 99%. Great read, some excellent moments in the first 1/3. It dwindles after that, and i would have loved there to be a sequel but it seems that even the TV adaptations (many) have suffered from not really going anywhere properly afterwards.