>>7576232 It could have had about fifty pages chopped out of it. He relies too much on the shock value of what nuclear Armageddon would look like. Mostly because, when he was writing, that was enough to carry the whole novel. There's an amazing chapter or two when they go to see who is broadcasting a signal from within the radiated zone. That's worth it. But outside of that small window, there is far too much sailing.
It also seems like his imagination hit a dead end on the whole, "What would everyone do if they knew they were going to die in a couple weeks." Because as far as he got was 'drink a lot'. Which is fine, but part of the appeal of these post apocalypse books is the voyeurism of 'no morals' and collapse porn.
What he does get right is the overly optimistic temptation that the media and leaders would have to take on in order to keep people going.
Anyway, it was a slog in places. Good ideas, very average execution, big 'moral tale' ending. I won't read anything else by Shute (in case that's some an indicator).
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