Category: Post Apocolyptic Fiction


Wow! The Passage is an EPIC page-turner from beginning to end! Named on the top 10 best post-apocalyptic novels list by Time Magazine, this page-turner is an absolutely riveting read, which manages to put a totally new spin on vampire lore.

My favourite novel from Stephen King is The Stand. (also on Time’s list)  This epic struggle between good and evil impacted me strongly when I first read this book some (gulp!) 30 years ago and The Passage has all of the elements that I loved about the The Stand. This isn’t however, a carbon copy of King.  It is fresh and original with a strong emphasis on the characters to tell the story.

If you want to read an excerpt from The Passage you can do that here. I’m thrilled to discover that this is the first in a trilogy planned by Cronin.  He is already working on The Twelve and I’ll be interested to see what  Fox 2000 does with the movie, apparently due for release in 2013.  You can hear and interview with Cronin here.

I loved this book!  It has pace, it keeps you guessing right up until the last page and you feel completely satisfied at the end.  Thoroughly recommended – a must-read.

New Zealand-based author Michael Green has hit a winner here with the first book in a trilogy about a family whose descendants are the only people to survive a fatal flu virus that sweeps the world.  In Bloodline the Chatfield family appear to be the only people in the entire world to have avoided the 100% fatal pandemic that surges around the world before any cure can be found.  However, this does not become the utopia you might think.  More in line with the old adage “you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your relations”. I’m betting if you were in certain branches of the Chatfield family, you would be more comfortable with the friends option.

Green has developed a fast-paced, well-written tale with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages and by the end, wanting the next in the series.

 

Imagine the Gulf Coast of America, somewhere in the near future, where the ravages of hurricanes, the like of which we’ve never experienced is now the norm. Oil is so scarce there is no longer a need for oil tankers and they are now just left abandoned at the mercy of the scavenger crews that inhabit the area.

Now imagine a crew of children, small enough to fit through the service ducts in these hulking ships, who are sent into the bowels to strip the copper wire, which can then be sold for top dollar on the black market, and who are then discarded when they become too big to do the dark, dirty and dangerous work.

In Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi provides just such a setting for his first foray into young adult literature.  This, however is not just a novel for young people.  It is well written, attested to by being a US National Book Award finalist and the winner of the Michael L. Printz award and is a complex tale of the haves and the have-nots and what people will do to get what they want.

Through the main character of Nailer, a teenage boy with no mother and a violently addicted father, his interactions with others, his quest to better himself and the choices he makes along the way speaks about the human condition and what we would be capable of, if pushed.

Read it.  You won’t regret it.

And then if you want to know more about this talented author, you might like to read an interview with him in YALSA – The Hub, your connection to teen reads from March of this year. http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2011/03/25/author-interview-paolo-bacigalupi/