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3.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,178 ratings  ·  648 reviews
A dystopic look at what happens to one American town when all the fossil fuels run out...

It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.

Nobody expected the end to come this fast. An
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Cyokie Revott Having a "liberal" mindset does not justify the quality of a piece of literature. Neither does having a "conservative" mindset, or anything in between…moreHaving a "liberal" mindset does not justify the quality of a piece of literature. Neither does having a "conservative" mindset, or anything in between. That being said, this is probably one of my least favorite books of all time, but determining it's bad because it's "liberal" is really not the most intelligent way to critique a book.(less)
Henri Moreaux It's an alright book, but I thought Reiss's Black Monday was a better book in the running out of oil genre myself.…moreIt's an alright book, but I thought Reiss's Black Monday was a better book in the running out of oil genre myself.(less)

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Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Empty by Suzzane Weyn was a book that I had to force myself to finish. The overall story bored me to the point that I was skipping many pages at once to get it over with. From the blurb I was expecting a fast moving dystopian sci-fi novel filled with suspense , action and adventure but instead I found a teenage romance novel with yet another love triangle! Don't get me wrong, I do like a good romance novel but the romance was anything but good. It was practically dead and well… plain boring. The ...more
Sue Moro
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-books
The blurb on the back, and the cover drew me in, but there wasn't much else to like about this book. The plot sounded interesting, 10 years from now and the planet is running out of fossil fuels. No gas. No oil. No driving means supermarkets are empty. No medicines. No electricity.

The main characters in this book, Tom, Gwen, and Niki are more worried about who is going out with whom, than how they are going to survive. Was a "love triangle" necessary in this book? Their reactions to things, like
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: families, middle and high school classes.
The writing is quite straightforward, the characters are consistent, what sings in this novel is the theme. Wake up! We are, for all intents and purposes, out of oil- it is non-renewable!
When the near east, Canada and Alaska run out of oil- the US declares war on Argentina to force opening of new oil fields for our use. Bolivia, holder of lithium, joins Argentina against the US.
At home, 17 year old Gwen is living under the radar, her mom split years ago and she and her older brother Luke are t
Jennifer Rinehart
Feb 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hate to be so harsh, really, I do, I don't give one star reviews without a lot of soul searching (and whining to my pals about what a lovely story this could have been), but Empty is a great big disappointment to me.

Following are my three reasons for giving this such a low rating;

One, the characters are vehicles for exposing the problem of oil scarcity (a noble goal) but it is so stolidly done that it is hard to like or care for them. Over and over the reader is subjected to the characters lam
Oct 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Are you an aspiring author who lacks confidence that your manuscript can cut the mustard with a publisher?

Read "Empty" and feel your confidence in your work become FULL.

If this can get published, then surely you can!

I've always lived under the assumption that an author submits a manuscript and then the editor reads it and suggests revisions. I get the impression that in this case, they ran spell check and decided it was good to go.

Our local Borders went belly and so they had a several-weeks clea
I had high hopes when I picked up this book. The plot/scenario sounded interesting - no matter what side of the "green" debate one stands on, I don't think anyone can deny that oil will run out some day, whether it's in the near future or a few generations from now - and I've grown used to young adult books dealing with dystopian, apocalyptic or just plain disaster plots in an intelligent and decently written way.

So, yes, "Empty" held a lot of promise for me. Unfortunately what it turned out to
Terance W.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was really realistic and true. Somehow maybe in the near future gas prices may go up to 90$ per gallon. We may run out of fossil fuels, and a drip of gas may mean a lot. Also this book was very informational I learned a lot from this book about this world.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
It is 2021. Gas climbs to $40 a gallon, then to $80 a gallon, and then runs out completely. The U.S. has invaded Venezuela in a fruitless bid to corner the last drops of the petro-economy. Not only are people not driving, people are unable to buy any petroleum products including cosmetics, pens, crayons, and a thousand other everyday items. More chillingly, the grocery stores are empty, children are hungry, and America is sinking into anarchy.

Empty follows the experience of some high school stu
Ana Mardoll
Feb 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Empty / 978-0-545-17278-3

I'm a greenie in good standing - I know the difference between "recycled content" and "post-consumer recycled content", I avoid petroleum based products as much as possible, and I drive as little as possible. Even if I hadn't been interested in doing these things for my own health and the health of the planet, it's been good sense to wean off of petroleum products ever since the market started demonstrating just how volatile it really is. So I'm all in favor of a good dy
Briar Rose
*Review also posted at Briar Rose Reads

I must confess: I am a bit obsessed with dystopian and post-apocalyptic YA fiction. For me, as with most people, it probably started with The Hunger Games, and grew from there. Soon after reading The Hunger Games, I found Carrie Ryan’s haunting, claustrophobic The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and I was hooked. Though those two series are very different, they share a kind of raw desperation that I found beautiful, and I’ve been searching for more of it ever si
Read this review at Smash Attack Reads!

Interest in the book: Any time the new Scholastic catalog is released, I jump at the chance to read any of their titles that have a dystopian or post-apocalyptic setting. I especially loved the idea of Empty, as it poses some really good questions on how the heck life would go on without fossil fuels. Society relies so much on these nonrenewable resources, and it’s downright scary to think about what life would be li
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is such an eyeopener and I actually found myself freaking out more and more while reading it. Imagine that gas becomes scarcer and more expensive than it already is (seriously, within the last couple of days in Southern Ontario gas has increased by 8 cents a liter- great). I never knew to what extent we relied on gas an if it were to become non-existent how it would affect everyday life (seriously, no TV! How would I watch my darling Damon on "The Vampire Diaries"?!? No fresh food/ pro ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
It took me about 2 weeks to read this. Why?
-The writing style was forced and confusing. One chapter would be in July and then the next would say, "Saturday Gwen got up." But you wouldn't realize it was 2 months later until halfway through the chapter. The very beginning of the book said 10 years from now. Ten years from what date? Not until the middle of the book do we find out that it is 2003. Time references were awful.
-The story was too easy and forced. Gwen went into a mine. She stored a fl
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
17 year old Gwen Jones worries most about the fact that her mother left her in the care of her older brother Luke and ran off with her boyfriend. If anyone finds out, she knows that she will be put into foster care. That worry becomes lost in the chaos of the US going to war with Venezuela over oil. When that happens, the small town of Sage Valley undergoes major trauma with violence over the availability of gas and the cost. When global warming fuels a superhurricane that devastates the country ...more
Abby Johnson
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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As oil reserves run out and oil prices skyrocket, resulting in shortages of everything, three teens in a small town in New York will have to figure out how to survive. I had such high hopes for this book and I think the premise is really interesting, but stock characters and unrealistic dialog made this one a miss. I think that kids who read it may learn some things about how oil is used that they might not have realized before, so it might have classroom applications. Aside from the cover (whic ...more
Justin Maupin
The main characters are Gwen Jones, Luke, Tom, and Niki Barton. Gwen Jones is the main person she solve the conflict. Luke is Gwens sister. Tom is the boy Gwen likes. Niki was the girl tom liked. The story was about the worlds oil running out. A country claims they have oil but won't sell unless they pay real high amounts of money. America goes into war with them, It causes world panic. EVERYBODY REALLY just goes crazy with out oil, in the book. I liked it, because it could really happen. It was ...more
No just No. I am starring at the book right this minute and wondering why I let its aesthetic appeal, well, appeal to me. the cover is pretty, the title intriguing, and thats about it. the only character with any semblance of believable human traits is Gwen. thats about it the others are bland and robotic, no teenager I know talks like that. is this dystopian?? I don't even- read this book if you want to be preached over and over and over again. Am going to read some bleach now. ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good it had a very powerful plot, and it also makes you think about what people might do if we ran out of oil.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh. This was such a boring book.. I don't even know what happened and truthfully, I don't care what happened. The characters were so flat and this book was a waste of my time. ...more
Henri Moreaux
So it's ten years into the future and the world is running out of oil, sounds like a pretty good plot with plenty of potential. Unfortunately in young adult fashion we have the love triangle of fashionable rich girl, misunderstood boy and 'strange' outcast girl who’s faced adversity which overshadows a lot of what takes place throughout the story.

I wasn't too big a fan of the miraculous discovery of an abandoned bunker-like-house that has everything the characters need: power, water, heat, food.
Ruth Woodman York
I didn't mind this book quite as much as others. Great literature? No. But, it's a simple YA book. So I didn't expect that anyway. Considering the main characters are teenagers, is it any wonder that there was teen angst and romance? Overlooking that, it was a story with a warning. We do NOT care for our natural resources as we should. And what will happen when they run out? Or we ruin them. For the short story (which could have been expanded on, filling in more of a story, in my opinion), it wa ...more
Daniel Baker
This book was good because it showed the importance of being conscious of the environment. I feel that this book really opened my eyes on a world without oil. I appreciated the emphasis on exciting facts in the book, and it helped me to read it better. The book should have been longer, but I guess you can't have everything. I reccomend this book to anyone who wants a quick and interesting read. ...more
Janet Ngai
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is called “Empty” by Suzanne Weyn, This is the first time I complete read an English book in two weeks!I think this book is very romantic but not so suspense.Because it always talk about Tom like Niki, Gwen likes Tom, Hector likes Gwen....and I think this book is a romantic book.
So I want to say the theme of this book is “love makes people be brave and don’t afraid anything.” And I have three evidences to show my theme, the first evidence is on page45. That part is about Niki took To
Jayden Merrick
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s a good book but yes, it has it fair share of problems. Although the romance part was okay in the book it was completely unnecessary and was just kinda there in complete contrast to the books plot. Some things the character did also seemed unrealistic and odd. Otherwise the book was fun to read and did have a fair share of good moments!
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
The End of the World
How do you imagine the world ending? Does everybody die? Does the human race start all over again? In Empty, a science fiction novel by Suzanne Weyn, three normal teens are not prepared for what’s happening around them. Tom, Gwen, and Niki all dwell in present day Sage Valley, New York when global warming finally hits. The world’s oil has run out, and the weather is cooking up some major storms. Along with these problems, they still have to contend with everyday teen i
Darcy Leerhoff
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book - teen book but good for adults too
Lani H
Plot Summary-
"Empty" by Suzanne Weyn is a story about a community called Spring Valley that has to live without oil. When we think of things we can't live without, we think of food, water, and shelter, but no one really realizes the importance of oil. In this world where people had to live their daily lives without oil, they couldn't get to work anymore so many were fired or laid off which left them with no money. Heat and electricity were very hard to get without oil. Lelia is worried about sur
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

If we continue with our wasteful, polluting ways, we might be living on "empty." The residents of Spring Valley may have thought they would always have the luxuries of life, but it is evident now that life has changed even for their exclusive little community.

The world's supply of fossil fuels is almost entirely gone. What little oil is left is the subject of wars around the world. Currently, the U.S. is battling Venezuela for contr
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Well i choose this book to read because i thought it looked interesting and it was it looked like it was a well writen book and i liked it. I could say that this book is realistic fiction because this actually could happen in the future so i would not cosider it non fiction but i believe is realistic fiction because this actually could happen if you see whats going on in the world right now. I believe it takes place in New York but the little town that was mostly the story in was called Sage Val ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it

The book had all the things I wanted when I felt like reading about the world going down the drain and what happens when stuff hits the fan. So naturally, I picked this one up. It’s a short read, as it’s less than 200 pages.

I wish I could like it more. Yet I couldn’t. Although the situation is realistic and could be very possible, I just couldn’t get into this book. It was dry, and the characters weren’t that great to begin with. There’s also a potential love triangle but the characters just we
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Suzanne Weyn grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing t ...more

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