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Ashes of the Earth by Eliot Pattison
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Jun 02, 11

bookshelves: crime-fiction, fiction
Read in June, 2011 — I own a copy

The premise of this book is what makes it worth reading: 25 years ago, the world had ended. Now, the few survivors are trying to rebuild civilization.

The world Pattison has build here is really fascinating and well thought out. On the one hand, you have the survivors, who remember the world how it was before. On the other hand, you have the new generation, to whom the old world seems like a fairy tale. And you have outcasts and liars and murderers.

The plot, however, never quite hooked me. And while I liked the world and wanted to know more about it, the characters never really grew on me, which meant I was reading this with an odd sort of detachment. It's not a bad book at all, and a well done thought experiment, but in my opinion, it wasn't a very exciting crime novel. It may even have been better if it hadn't been one.

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