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Bad City

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In the violent world of post-apocalyptic South Town, Eli Baxter is king, ruling from the thirteenth floor of his building while henchman do his bidding. Simon Gray, a talented young thief, now disillusioned with South Town, is desperate to escape with the woman he loves. As he plots their journey north, glimpses of his childhood in South India and Northern Ontario reveal t ...more
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published August 17th 2015 by EDGE Lite
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Alex Binkley
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Novels set in the aftermath of the collapse of civilization due to war, environmental catastrophe or even alien invasions have an honored place in science and speculative fiction.
The Road, The Day of the Triffids, On the Beach and Hunger Games have been made into movies. The Canticle of Leibowitz, Earth Abides and Oryx and Crake are on a long list of stories that have attracted many readers to their disquieting visions of how humanity would deal with or fall apart after the breakdown of the soci
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Librarything and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook.
I find that post-apocalyptic novels can be a hit or a miss. Bad City, Matt Mayr's debut novel was a definite hit with me. I was engaged from the start and had a hard time putting it down, right through to the ending which did not disappoint.

Set in North Town and South Town, societies created after catastrophic flooding, the reader is introduced to a violent world where people are ruled by fear and desperation.

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Rumarie Denizard
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Bad City is more than the usual post-apocalyptic novel; Mayr incorporates a deep transcendental point-of-view which is refreshing, but not overwhelming. A paragraph about the split nature of our being and the role of constant distraction hit so squarely on me as to cause tears. That's why I'm reviewing and rating; he earned it. It's also nice not to have a graphic rape every five pages. And yes, it's a good story too. The hunting knowledge and experience with India is cool. Good book!
Justin Robinson
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not a whole lot happens in this one. After an apocalypse the author wisely doesn't get too deep into, society has mostly stabilized into perpetually warring tribes. Inside of one, a bunch of people are angry at each other for some reason. The characters are thinly drawn and the conflicts are perfunctory, so it's difficult to care who comes out on top. Don't read this one if you actually like female characters, either. They get maybe a line or two before being unceremoniously raped and killed. ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. What great characters. The writer introduces us to a variety of characters whose lives are intertwined in this post apocalyptic novel. The good guys trying to make something out of a bad situation to the bad guys who make them step up. Great story! Great characters! great read!
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading this book and would not hesitate to recommend it!
Keep up the good work Matt!!!
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book follows Simon, a highly skilled thief, recruited by Eli Baxter to steal an object from his rival Fisher. The object in question will make his rule of South Town undeniable. Simon has an unusual childhood background in that his parents left the City to become independent. As a child, Simon hated this, but surrounded by the violence and corruption of the city following the Flood, it becomes his dream to escape and live in the cabin owned by his parents.

My initial thoughts when I read this
Michael Prelee
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bad City is a post-apocalyptic tale that hits all the right notes. In this genre, it is essential that the setting and characters be engaging and true. The reader needs to feel the hardships of life in a time when modern conveniences have been removed but the reader needs to understand why the characters have hope; why they continue on in a hardscrabble existence where every day is a challenge. Matt Mayr achieves this with a style that draws the reader in and compels them to see what happens nex ...more
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Matt Mayr grew up in Manitouwadge, a small Northern Ontario mining town. He studied English Literature at York University and Creative Writing at the Humber School for Writers. His first novel, Bad City (2015), was a quarter finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Things Worth Burying (April 2020), is an Ontario Arts Council Grant recipient and is Longlisted for The Miramichi Reader's "T ...more

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“The basics of running this town are very simple. All you need to do is reward those with something to offer, and the way to recognize them is that they can do something you can't; it's that simple. And when you identify them, you protect them with the meanest bastards you can find.” 0 likes
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