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Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
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Apr 16, 2012

it was amazing

I read this book at least once a year. I purchased it in high school and my class never got to read it and it languished in my bookshelf for years. I found it after college and it was a quick entertaining read.
I love stories and ideas about disaster scenarios; how would I react if confronted with something this huge? Could I go without coffee? How long will my bullets last? Can I actually kill to protect myself? Can I kill to eat meat?

Randy is the unlikely leader in the group of survivors we are invited to follow in this book. He is a failed politician from an old family. With a few acquaintances and friends, he is able to get running water, harvest orchards, fish, learn what wild foods to gather, etc. It is fascinating to me and I enjoy this type of story much more than the minutiae of scientific garble that I cannot understand.

I find the ending particularly pleasing because when offered the chance to get to civilization, they each realize that they have it so much better with what they have created.

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