A dystopic look at what happens to one American town when all the fossil fuels run out...
It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.
Nobody expected the end to come this fast. A...more
When the near east, Canada and Alaska run out of oil- the US declares war on Argentina to force opening of new oil fields for our use. Bolivia, holder of lithium, joins Argentina against the US.
At home, 17 year old Gwen is living under the radar, her mom split years ago and she and her older brother Luke are t...more
"Empty" by Suzanne Weyn is a story about a community called Spring Valley that has to live without oil. When we think of things we can't live without, we think of food, water, and shelter, but no one really realizes the importance of oil. In this world where people had to live their daily lives without oil, they couldn't get to work anymore so many were fired or laid off which left them with no money. Heat and electricity were very hard to get without oil. Lelia is worried about sur...more
High schools acquaintances, Tom, Niki, Brock, Gwen, Luke, and Hector, struggle with just this problem and to make matters worse, super-hurricane, OscPearl has dessicat...more
The lackluster story-line, which seems to jump at random between na...more
Read "Empty" and feel your confidence in your work become FULL.
If this can get published, then surely you can!
I've always lived under the assumption that an author submits a manuscript and then the editor reads it and suggests revisions. I get the impression that in this case, they ran spell check and decided it was good to go.
Our local Borders went belly and so they had a several-weeks clea...more
1. The news articles were not believable. Too many vague "facts". Terms like "a little", "some believe" destroy the credibility of the articles. Where are the dates and facts? Who, what, when, why and how?
2. The time-line was confusing. I thought we were still in the same week when in the middle of a chapter I hear it announced that it's actually 2 months later.
3. The way the people talk is annoying. For instance, when (view spoiler)[Niki's mother tol...more
-The writing style was forced and confusing. One chapter would be in July and then the next would say, "Saturday Gwen got up." But you wouldn't realize it was 2 months later until halfway through the chapter. The very beginning of the book said 10 years from now. Ten years from what date? Not until the middle of the book do we find out that it is 2003. Time references were awful.
-The story was too easy and forced. Gwen went into a mine. She stored a fl...more
I feel mean giving this book two stars. But I have to be honest- the more I read it, the more the reading felt like a chore, which is why it took me months to get through (because I was more focused on reading more captivating novels). I just never felt like I could find it in me to care about what happened next... The characters were dist...more
So, yes, "Empty" held a lot of promise for me. Unfortunately what it turned out to...more
Empty follows three teens, Gwen, Nicki, and Tom as they struggle to survive after a super hurricane, and virtually no oil for gas. Gas has risen to $40-100 a gallon and is nearly impossible to find and now the U.S. is in a war with Venezuela over oil. After the hurricane hits Nicki and Tom fight to save their family and themselves from a massive flood, and Gwen is alone in the forest struggling to find a warm dry place to stay, until she discovers a model green home...more
What makes this book unnerving is the fact that oil will run out and we need to start using more alternative en...more
Imagine ten years from now the price of gasoline being $20 a gallon. Not hard to imagine with the way gas prices have been climbing the last few years. Now ima...more
Empty follows the experience of some high school stu...more
The book ends on a hopeful n...more
The End of the World
How do you imagine the world ending? Does everybody die? Does the human race start all over again? In Empty, a science fiction novel by Suzanne Weyn, three normal teens are not prepared for what’s happening around them. Tom, Gwen, and Niki all dwell in present day Sage Valley, New York when global warming finally hits. The world’s oil has run out, and the weather is cooking up some major storms. Along with these problems, they still have to contend with everyday teen i...more
Basically, it’s about a group of teens in a small town dealing with vaguely apocalyptic things, like power and gas shortages. There is a war going...more
The writing was very simplistic and seemed to be aimed at a very low reading level, yet the main characters were all love-obsessed teenagers. The dialogue and thought processes of the teen characters felt outdated, making it hard to accept that they were living in the near future rather than the fifties or sixties. The characters were also not as developed as I would have liked, and their lov...more
For me, this novel had two great selling points.
1) It was on sale. Borders is closing shop all around so it was a bargain at a location in Tennessee.
2) It serves as a great warning.
We will run out of fossil fuels and, despite knowing this, we have done...more