Monday, December 14, 2009

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Disclaimer: I get all my books from the library. 

Today's book is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank.

By no means a new book, this is practically a classic. It came out in 1959, though I hadn't heard of it until someone recommended it to me a few weeks ago.

Granted, writing styles were different back then, and this one followed the normal style: The first few chapters were riddled with way too much back story for ever paragraph of dialogue. But finally the action started and the back story ended and the book was MOVING.

Quick plot summary: It's a 'what-if' sort of story. What if the Soviet Union had bombed us and we'd gone into a full out nuclear war? That's what happens. Most of the United States population is wiped out. The book is factually fascinating as it shows the break down of society, then how the survivors build it back up again.

Today we have lots of post-apocolyptal books out: Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Uglies, etc. So this book gave a great look into how exactly the world might come to an end.

If you're big into owning all the classics out there, you'll want to buy this book. I'm not, so I'm giving it a C.

A = Buy this book NOW
B = Buy this when you can
C = Check it out from the library
D = Don't bother reading it
F = Burn it 

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