A Novel of the Coming Collapse

Book - 2012
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In a near-future postapocalyptic world, a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown has eliminated all legal and technological infrastructure and subjected the world's survivors to constant violence and chaos.
Publisher: New York : Atria, 2012.
Edition: 1st Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439172827
Branch Call Number: F RAW
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 01, 2017

Two critical opinions from the same person, not as bad is it is described a very skewed viewpoint, if Rawles books are so bad why do you keep reading them? I find them interesting, moreover the books and CD readings keep getting stolen from the district so they cant be that bad.

LRS1969 Jun 05, 2015

Even worse than previous books!

No, no, no... just the same theme as Expatriates.

Anti (liberal) government, anti (somehow subverted military), anti UN, and homophobic!

As said in the Expatriates:

The Library Journal review raised the exact points that made this book so terrible.

Not just Armageddon Porn, but excessive Gun Porn (how many details of weaponry specifics are really needed?), and then the very idea of a United Nations with ANY such power as portrayed here (but another major myth of the Conservative Christian movement). Obviously the author does NOT understand the difference between democratic socialism (which has democratically elected leaders and policies) like Germany and Belgium as compared to communist States (the few that remain) such as North Korea, Laos, Cuba, Vietnam, and China (with North Korea having the only type remotely resembling the old Soviet Union).

Nor understand that a "crunch" (conveniently unexplained, but presumed economic meltdown) that is big enough to tumble the United States this completely will do the same WORLDWIDE! That's just the way that the international financial setup works.... it is ALL interconnected (but why let facts interfere with a point, no matter how fictitious and silly, that Liberal equals Evil).

As disturbing was the intimate involvement with the violence and killings done by self-proclaimed "Christian" fundamentalists. (That is the TRUE evil!).

Obviously more oriented towards worshippers of the Hebrew Bible's "YHWH" versus that of Yeshua (Jesus).

Pretty much something that I could not recommend in good conscience.

Dec 29, 2012

This is the weakest of Rawles’ three novels, with about 50% rehash from the first two. The lack of interest and awful writing do give a reader time to question some of the basic premises of the series, though. Rawles is no fan of left-wing ideas (for example, the only cannibals in the series happen to be child-killing communists). Yet the crunch (whatever it is) somehow cripples right-wing America and yet leaves relatively socialist countries such as Belguim and Germany able to project power across the Atlantic and send expeditionary forces to “enslave” America. So doesn’t that drive us to the conclusion that socialism is a more robust form of government than the libertarian capitalism Rawles seems to advocate? Apparently not. Yee-haaaw!


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