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Empty World by John Christopher

Empty World (1977)

by John Christopher

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    cmwilson101: Both of these books question how picky one can be about choosing who to spend time with in vastly empty worlds.

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YA apocalyptic fiction. So-so. I had some trouble believing that the mortality rate would be so high, but can accept it as a quirk of the genre. It was the last quarter of the book that brought it down for me. Lucy simply had no personality at all. Not that Neil had a whole lot either, but Lucy seemed like no more than a conveniently placed plot point. The book wasn't bad, but I expected better of John Christopher. ( )
  SylviaC | Jan 20, 2016 |
Empty World by John Christopher revolves around the story of Neil Miller, a teenager who was living a normal life until a car accident killed the rest of his family. He is sent to live in a quiet retirement village on the coast of England with his grandparents, and one of his first nights there the news reports the story of a plague sweeping through India. The plague mutates and rapidly spreads around the world, killing almost everyone, starting with older people. Neil is one of the few who survives, in part because he has learned to handle grief and loneliness. He teaches himself to drive and goes to London in search of other people.

This story is beautifully written, and affected me more than John Christopher's more famous post-apocalyptic novel "No Blade of Grass". This story is told from the perspective of a teenager, and the end of the world as we know it is particularly sad as seen though the eyes of an innocent. Highly recommended. ( )
  cmwilson101 | Dec 11, 2010 |
A junior (Puffin) version of Survivors, but if anything this is even more downbeat, until the very end, with only a total of 4 or 5 survivors (all teenagers) after the plague (here a form of super-acclerated progeria) and the hero on his own for much of it. Chilling and compulsive, as the blurb on the back says. ( )
  john257hopper | Nov 29, 2008 |
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When a deadly virus kills off most of the world's population, a teenaged boy tries to survive in a seemingly empty England.
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For Neil Miller, his comfortable life came to an end when a car crash killed his family. He moved to Winchelsea to live with his grandparents, and to try and piece together a shattered life. But he was to have an even greater crisis to face as a deadly virus swept the world.
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When a deadly virus kills off most of the world's population, a teenaged boy tries to survive in a seemingly empty England.

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