Through Darkest America
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It’s not very often that a fiction writer can make me cringe. Very little of what makes its way into print is even a tithe of the awfulness that is splashed across headlines and that is usually watered down to meet the demands of a public that has no tolerance for news that might be upsetting.
A post-apocalyptic novel. Almost hard to believe this is by the same author who did the much lighter hearted Aldair books, which I loved. This one was absolutely brutal but very interesting. Be aware, though, that to get the whole story you really need to read the sequel as well, which is called "Dawn's Uncertain Light."
Through Darkest America was Neal Barret Jr's first novel. What is best described as a post-apocalyptic adventure story is such a magnificent achievement. Shamefully the second book was not able to muster the same amount of oomph.
I really liked this book....until the ending. Why are there so few authors that can write an ending that actually wraps things up in a decent.t way? I really think there was more the author could have done, but I'm just an armchair writer, what do I know?
Nov 09, 2011 Todd rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
If you finished reading Schindler's List and thought, "That was nice, but I'd like to read something REALLY depressing," then Through Darkest America is the book for you.