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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  9 reviews
We were probably doomed from the moment the computer virus hit the airports.

Several years after a global meltdown, New Zealand, along with the rest of the world, is still in chaos. No electricity, no broadband, and people are in survival mode - at least until somebody turns the lights on again.

Ruth has always led a sheltered life. Pre-Crash, she worked as an Ephemera Libra
Published April 2nd 2020 by Cloud Ink Press Ltd
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Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Uneven, but a plausible addition to the post-apocalyptic genre, and all the more entertaining and enjoyable for being set in New Zealand, where I live.
Feb 26, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF, so 1 star by definition. While the setting of this in a post-computer virus NZ suggested it might be interesting, it turned out to be boring NZ lit. The world-building was non-existent, and the author showed no sign of looking at the fascinating questions posed by an NZ where all the computers were disabled by a cyberweapon, instead preferring to focus on the protagonist reminiscing about her boring life and failed relationships and furtive snogs in the library (yes, really). After a hundre ...more
Nicky Webber
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Set in the dystopian near-future of New Zealand after a global computer crash destroys the internet, electricity and life as we used to know it! Ephemera is astounding in its prophetic storyline with many parallels to our current virus-induced isolation. In this compelling narrative, set seven years after the impact, New Zealand is in chaos; life is pushed back to almost pre-European times. The main character Ruth tackles the challenging journey from Auckland to the South Island to save her sist ...more
Bronwyn Calder
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ephemera is a novel of a near future post-apocalyptic New Zealand. Published just as NZ went into lockdown it presents a world where a perfect storm of global politics and computer viruses has destroyed civilisation as we know it. The main character, Ruth, takes a voyage down the Waikato River to find drugs for her dangerously ill sister. Hinckley and Ackers, two men with their own agendas, go with her. The characters are complex and enigmatic, especially Ackers who is a suspicious character in ...more
Carol Griffiths
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a great story - particularly if you are a New Zealander - and even more so if you are an Aucklander and an ex- librarian! The post apocalyptic world and the great adventure of the journey up the Waikato were wonderfully portrayed by Shaw. There were memorable characters and a page turning (if credibility stretching) plot.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a random pick at the end of the year, but so worth reading. It was an incredibly gripping world, and although it took some almost unbelievable turns, I was fascinated to see the journey of the characters throughout.
Duncan Davidson
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pretty shit. Badly written and clunky
Robert Jerseybob
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great twisting read and ideal for these current times. Shaw puts you in the scenes well and takes you on the journey. Recommend for a great fireplace read.
I enjoyed this - if that's the right word. It was thought provoking, especially in such times as Covid-19. ...more
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