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Plague Year by Jeff  Carlson
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Feb 28, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: post-apocalypse
Read in March, 2008

Plague Year is not only a story of post-apocalyptic survival, but one of loyalty, guilt, and ego or perhaps hubris. It is the story of good, but not necessarily nice, people who do bad things and heroic things. It's about the necessity of secrets. It's about the desire for power and glory. But most of all, it's about human beings who, in the middle of the worst disaster of not only their lives but also human history, can be petty, altruist, vicious, and caring, sometimes all at the same time.

Plague Year doesn't have much of the desolation-of-abandoned-manmade-spaces feel to it, but that is because it deals with the psychology of survival and hope; it focuses on the survivors' responses to each other rather than to the landscape.

This book is gritty, disturbing, and elegantly rendered. So much so that I was surprised to learn that a sequel (Plague War) will be coming out in July. Plotwise, a sequel is possible, but as a novel of characters and theme, Plague Year is complete.

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