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The Survivors by Will Weaver
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Mar 09, 2012

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bookshelves: young-adult-childrens, post-apocalyptic
Read from March 18 to 22, 2012

An OK book that was more focused on family dynamics rather than survival in the aftermath of major volcanic eruptions resulting in persistent ash clouds that have disrupted normal life and forced one family to leave suburbia to set up in a rustic cabin in the woods.

I remember really liking the first book Memory Boy which was about that exodus and the dangers of the road and learning to live in the old ways as related to the son of the family by an elderly man in a nursing home who had been the subject of the boy's school project. The old man had lived his life in the woods & knew all the practical lore. Luckily the boy has perfect recall (thus Memory Boy) and is able to use this knowledge to help his fairly clueless family survive.

There was some huntin' & fishin' and other survival skills in this sequel, but as I said, the emphasis was on the growth of the family- how they were coping and changing in response to the difficulties both physical and social in this new world where scarcity and self-interest have made neighborliness another scarce commodity. The author did a good job of making you "see" the setting - especially in the hunting and foraging parts. So: pleasant, but not outstanding.

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