Alas Babylon

Apart from sudden fears of imminent doom this book is a fascinating look into the world after a disaster. It is fiction and makes no claim on correctness but the alternative history it describes is hauntingly plausible.

The story revolves around a single relative to a bomber pilot in the cold war. After a short buildup where he gets the responsibility of his brothers family a full scale nuclear war breaks out.

The story then revolves around him and his home towns struggle for survival in the contaminated zone. Despite the warlike setting this is a book about human survival. It is also a book about the undiscovered good in a community. This is especially visible with a story set in a still fairly segregated society where necessity forces people to reevaluate there preconceptions.

Apart from having a compelling narrative the book itself is written in a very approachable way making the story easy to digest. This for me is very important since I no longer have the time for extended reading sessions. Despite having a very approachable story this book still retains a certain depth that makes it even more compelling.

As a positive spin on a fairly common dystopian theme this book really does brought me both joy and a few moments of thought. Both on the fragility of our society and the good in community. I do recommend this book, especially the audiobook version read by Will Patton.