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On the Beach by Nevil Shute
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Apr 23, 2011

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bookshelves: classic, novel, science-fiction, post-apocalyptic-or-dystopian, own-it-and-have-read
Read from December 17 to 25, 2011

I was very torn when figuring out what to articulate about this book. On one hand, nothing happened, with the highlight being the submarine trip to Seattle. On the other hand, however, the nothing was somehow interesting. I won't say I walked away invested in the characters, but they were enjoyable enough to watch move about their lives. I agree with other reviews that say the world was very oversimplified -- crime would be rampant and hardly anyone would have any motivation for going to work -- but at the same time, their actions planning for a future they didn't plan to live spoke volumes about the necessity for hope within humans. Overall, worth the read for post-apocalyptic or old science fiction fans who aren't expecting a great deal of action.

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