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Shelves: marchreads. Lansdale really raised the bar of my expectations for this story. Lansdale calls Author Barrett one of the last true storytellers, and in my view this is highly accurate. I was immediately caught up in the tale, nearly a participant rather than an observer. The painting Mr.

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Barrett sets out to create is incredibly detailed, a tapestry w 12 stars of 5! Barrett sets out to create is incredibly detailed, a tapestry with sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and touches-well-defined characters, and a plot with secrets lurking just under the surface, rising only for a moment to peek at the reader with a sharp wink and then disappearing. This was an enrapturing read for a Sunday afternoon, without noise and without distractions, I was so caught up in the story and its settings. Neal Barrett Jr.

I think I could read a version of the phone book if he composed it. I highly recommend this one for aficionados of dystopian, futuristic, post-apocalyptic, and science-fantasy. Devotees of best writing will find this novel a gem. Just reread this Read it when I was in my twenties and when I recently found that there was a sequel I decided to read it again to refresh my memory If you like post apocalyptic , frontier , boy off the farm , cowboy , civil war-like action then give this one a read Oh and by the way there is plenty of "free range" cannibalism here too Even his Pa,who knew everything,didn't know much about the way it was before the war.

Howie didn't know what that meant exactly. He"d seen horses. That's why they was meat. Even the second time around and I am not a big fan of re-readng books The star of the book is a 12 year old boy named Howie. Howie lives with his family on a farm.

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In this alternate reality there are no big cities anymore and there is no wildlife with the exception of birds which the holy scriptures call unclean and some strange hairy creatures called horses which are very different from the horses we know. Howie believes that the government is always right, his dad is the wisest man around, his mother is the most beautiful woman in the world and his sister is a pest. Things change quickly though because a revolution is coming and Howie has to grow up and he quickly realizes that the world is very different place then he believed it was. Through Darkest America is a coming of age story set in a post apocalyptic world where everyone seems to have an agenda and no one can be trusted.

During the course of this book and within a short period of time you watch Howie go from a boy to a man, you see him survive a couple of horrible tragedies, fight in a couple of battles that he didn't want to be a part of and watch him get tortured for information he doesn't have.

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What makes this story great is you really feel for Howie, you feel for him as he asks his father to explain things he doesn't understand and you are rooting for him as he tries to escape from a city during a war between the loyalists and the rebels. Through Darkest America was originally released in and recently was rereleased through Biting Dog Press. I think this book deserves to be considered a classic.

When I started to read it, right away there was a scene that made me realize that this book could be considered horror just as much as it would be considered speculative fiction. At one point Howie is told by his father to go see to the stock that they are taking to be slaughtered for meat. The stock is humans. So this book transcends genres, it works as a horror novel, a science fiction book and its an action adventure story. Another part of the book that really stuck out for me was when Howie and a female companion were trying to escape a battle in a city they try to escape on horseback and during this tense moment in the book the woman throws up on Howie after getting motion sickness.

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I loved how the author threw in a funny moment as the book was reaching towards its climactic end. I loved how Howie is forced, to soon to become a man and how little by little he sees that everything he believed as a child was wrong. I highly recommend this book. Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has a "wild wild west" feeling to it and about as developed as the same era, but we quickly learn it's a very different world.

No animals are left and alternative ways for providing meat exist. An alternative that will bother you throughout the whol book. We then get to know Hawie as a child. Until one day his world is turned upside down and he is provided with one choice "survive at all cost or die".

I would have classified this as dystopia, but it concentra Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has a "wild wild west" feeling to it and about as developed as the same era, but we quickly learn it's a very different world. I would have classified this as dystopia, but it concentrates on the main character's personal journey more than the world setting, at least for the most of the book.

We slowly learn with Howie new things about the world he lives in, but while the story gains resolution for him we are left wondering as to how this cruel world came to be, and will anything change? Two reasons I will be reading the next book are: 1. I really want to know what happens and 2. I really want to know what happens. Another thing that deserves mentioning and praise is what sets this book apart from most of the violence in a lot of sci-fi books is that all the violence was not pointless.

It wasn't a mindless action that did not affect the characters, not just a hack and slash job.

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It was personal and it was either for revenge or for survival. I did wonder if I should add a content warning, but I'm sure if you are considering this book you would know what you are getting yourself into. So dive into it. Aug 09, David added it Shelves: sf. Very little of what makes its way into print is even a tithe of the awfulness that is splashed across headlines and that is usually watered down to meet the demands of a public that has no tolerance for news that might be upsetting.

View 2 comments. Nov 26, Steven rated it really liked it. Basically a post apocalyptic SF novel, that is basically western too. Extremely bleak, dark, and depressing The best part is that almost nothing good ever happens in this book. Mar 25, Carol rated it it was amazing Recommended to Carol by: Wyrn. Shelves: loaners , science-fiction , apocalypse , favorites , asimov. Dark Nights. Christine Feehan. Dark Blood 'Dark' Carpathian. Dark Secret 'Dark' Carpathian. Dark Challenge: Number 5 in series 'Dark' Carpathian. Dark Peril: Number 21 in series 'Dark' Carpathian.

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