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Summer of the Apocalypse

by James Van Pelt

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Set in Denver, Colorado, and the western foothills, Van Pelt's first novel is both a coming-of-age tale as 15-year-old Eric searches for his father, and a story of Eric's search 60 years later for hope in the midst of disaster in a world of blood bandits, feral children, and an insane militia.
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Somewhere between and adult and young adult adventure novel. Great plot and well told. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Decent post-apocalyptic fiction, with a significant debt to the classic Earth Abides. I enjoyed it but by no means is it a must-read. Had flaws, but a solid effort. Not much that was new, but good characters, well-intended. Succeeds at around a 3+/5 level. Best was to read it during my own mini-apocalypse (Hurricane Irene). ( )
  stellarexplorer | Sep 4, 2011 |
I very much enjoyed reading this book. Eric is a wonderful character and showing him as a boy and an old man really makes this book work for me. Do not expect a great epic story a world collapsing, that is not what the book aims for. Van Pelt describes the apocalypse on a personal level if you will. It's one of the better books I have read this year. Summer of the Apocalypse has been on my wishlist for a while. After having read it, I regret not getting it sooner.

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  Valashain | Dec 12, 2009 |
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( November 01, 2006 ; 0-9746573-8-7 )

After a deadly virus annihilates most of the world's population, 15-year-old Eric undertakes a perilous trek across a devastated Colorado landscape to find his missing father. Forging through a wasteland of abandoned autos and dead bodies, Eric survives crazed looters, wildfires, and a hangman's noose before joining a ragtag community of fellow survivors. Six decades later, after watching his brethren fall prey to illiteracy and a scavenger lifestyle, Eric embarks on another journey through a vastly transformed America, with the objective of rescuing lost knowledge from an abandoned library. His adversaries this time include wolves, feral children, and brutal survivalists. His encounters with the nastier side of human nature paradoxically provoke recognition of humanity's inherent goodness and give him hope for the inevitable renewal of civilization. Van Pelt's first novel is a solidly written, if somewhat routine, contribution to apocalyptic fiction, whose redeeming qualities arise from Van Pelt's deft subversion of contemporary, disaster-driven fears to forge a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. --Carl Hays Copyright 2006 Booklist
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Set in Denver, Colorado, and the western foothills, Van Pelt's first novel is both a coming-of-age tale as 15-year-old Eric searches for his father, and a story of Eric's search 60 years later for hope in the midst of disaster in a world of blood bandits, feral children, and an insane militia.

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