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Willem of the Tafel

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the great war. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface...

Struggling to survive, alone, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could alter the future of humanity, once
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 28th 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing
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Debbie McGowan
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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When Hans told me he was writing a post-apocalyptic novel and mentioned the term ‘sci-fi’ I have to admit to inwardly groaning. There are so many post-apocalyptic sagas out there in both print and film form, and I dislike them immensely. I think on the whole it’s a sign of our times: for those of us in western, relatively wealthy societies, and with our propensity to focus only on what is in our own back yard, our existence seems safer and more stable than ever before.

The realit
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Olga Miret
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel where past and future are eerily reconisable  
Willem of the Tafel is not an easy book to classify. The main protagonist, Willem, is quite young at the beginning of the action, and the novel follows his journey towards independence and adulthood, so it has elements of a Young Adult story. It portrays a future post-nuclear catastrophe, where environment takes its toll and pays humanity back, with most of the population being wiped-out and the few survivors taking some radical decisions. It
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Frau Sorge (Yuki)
I wish there was more book like this. Everything was just perfect.
Matthew Cox
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Overview
Willem of the Tafel by Hans Hirschi is a post-apocalyptic novel set some four centuries after a mixture of global-warming induced flooding and nuclear war eradicated the majority of the population. Willem is a young man who has spent his entire life among the Tafel, a society who lives within a bomb shelter beneath the Table Mountain in South Africa. Initially a part of a distrusted and mistreated minority,
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Ambre
Jul 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gay-fiction
Okay, why didn't I make it very far into this book?

Basically, this book is one of a cluster of slippery slope post-apoc books in which hysterical politicizing is turned into a prediction. The premises were flawed from the start, and that always makes reading hard for me.

Premise One: Humanity is getting more, not less, discriminatory and hateful. So in a post apocalyptic world, society will include government and socially sanctioned segregation.

That is problematic from the get go, given that th
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Kai Tyler
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
This story is an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world far in the future where Earth has been devastated with the effects of global warming and nuclear war. The survivors, known as the Tafel now live underground. They consist of shadows (blacks) and ghosts (whites) but their numbers are dwindling and the ghosts have been the most affected as they have been unable to survive without the sun. Willem is a ghost and the last to grow to adulthood. He has been bullied by others especially Bonga ...more
Michael  Thal
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
In the year 437 after the Great War, the Tafel lived underground to protect themselves from the harsh surface conditions that would probably instantly kill a human. They barely survived in an old military installation built inside a mountain near Cape Town, South Africa. They were the only known survivors of man’s final folly.

Tafel society faced many challenges. Water had to be filtered, caves would sometimes collapse, energy was scarce, and crops needed tending. Everyone had a job, including W
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Dane Cobain
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

Wow, okay. So this is a post-apocalyptic thriller written in the here and now, with contemporary issues at stake – issues like race, and war, and religion. One big thing that jarred with me immediately is that there’s a character called ‘Paki‘, which seems incongruous with a book that basically reinforces the fact that racism and xenophobia are both ridiculous. But the author lives in Sweden and therefore presum
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Robin French
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Tale of Humanity

Willem is the last "Ghost" born to a cave dwelling tribe in a post-apocalyptic world. Alone and outcast into to the world above, he must find his place in a new world where the odds are against him.

I truly enjoyed this title. The world, the characters, the story line all worked together to draw me in and I wanted to stay there until I reached "The End".
The whole "End of the World" stuff is not my usual reading choice. In this case, I would have missed a really enjoyable read.
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Jessie Pinkham
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting, but not Emotional

I thought this book started out strongly, if somewhat reminiscent of Hugh Howey's Wool. It went in a very different direction, but because the scale of events was so large, and large chunks of time were skipped over, I lost my emotional connection to the characters.

There's nothing else wrong - the plot is interesting, the writing is enjoyable, and it was neat to have our post-apocalyptic survivors be outside of America/Europe - but when I can put a book down and no
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Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I have some mixed feelings about this book. I thought the idea of this book was a really interesting one and I especially liked the fact there were clear conflicts between the two groups of people in Willem's society.

The biggest problem I had with this book was that it should have been expanded more. There was too much in the way of telling rather than showing, especially when it came to Hery's rela
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Amberr Meadows
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Willem of the Tafel, so much to say, but I'm going to make an attempt to be succinct with the review, because I usually write a short story in itself. Willem starts life in a technologically-advanced sci-fi underworld in a mountain called the Tafel where racism reigns and Willem is on the receiving end of the hatred. A miserable existence to be the last "Ghost" among "Shadows" (futuristic terms for black and white), grappling with the uncomfortable idea of having a vasectomy, and dealing wit ...more
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Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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Nerea Blanco
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I do have enjoyed this book. It is not very long, which means that it’s intense. I like reading this kind of fiction stories settled in the future, a devastated one but with hopeful. I like how it is very easy to understand and you get caught in the story from the very first page. One of the things I have loved the most about this book is how the author deals with the love story: it is not the main issue in the book but it’s there, like in real life, and sometimes the characters surrender to lov ...more
Tracy Willoughby
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Williem by hans hirschi

What if humans finally push earth to the point of no return? What if earth was left inhabital for generations? Williem and his tribe live in such conditions underground. In this twist of fate roles are reverse and white people are no longer in charge and are now minorities. Williem is smart and kind but an injustice has him sent to an almost certain death sentence.
Hery is a deaf young man who works aboard a fishing vessel. His grandfather is the leader of a tribe William
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Chutchy
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC and am so grateful that I got to read it before most people! I have to say, this book is sensational. I am not a fan of futuristic fiction, and was skeptical to read it but I was not disappointed. To live in a world where it doesn't matter what colour you are, who you love, who you 'mate' with, is something I would probably not see in my lifetime. Where countries work together for the good of humankind as opposed to their own gains. One can only hope. Great book, Hans!
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W.S. Long
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read 4 plus stars

A fascinating story of Willem, Hery and the people of the Tafel. It's a post apocalyptic world, and Willem is a Ghost living in a society that believed the rest of the Earth is uninhabitable. When Willem is exiled he discovers a New World awaits. What he discovers is not only hope, but love.
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3.0 of 5 - Interesting Dystopian Future, Societies, & YA-M/M Romance
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Born and raised in Switzerland, Hans graduated from High School in Arizona, worked for several years in the Swiss financial industry before pursuing his university studies in Zurich and Gothenburg.

His majors include literature, linguistics & social sciences.

Hans self-published his first book with poetry and a short story in 1991.

Nine years later, he followed up with a professional book on e-learni
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