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Soft Apocalypse

Lu par : Erik Davies
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What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America's previously stable society apart, the "New Normal" is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang.

"It's so hard to believe," Colin said as we crossed the steaming, empty parking lot toward the bowling alley. "What?" "That we're poor. That we're homeless." "I know." "I mean, we have college degrees," he said. "I know," I said.

There was an ancient miniature golf course choked in weeds alongside the bowling alley. The astroturf had completely rotted away in places. The windmill had one spoke. We looked it over for a minute (both of us had once been avid mini golfers), then continued toward the door. "By the way," I added. "We're not homeless, we're nomads. Keep your labels straight."

New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle-class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

©2011 Will McIntosh (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critiques

"In this moving debut from Hugo-winner McIntosh, the prosperous world of 2023 ends not with a bang but with a crackle, the sound of genetically engineered bamboo growing overnight and destroying roads and buildings.... McIntosh strongly delineates his characters and makes Jasper's struggles very affecting. Though it may be soft, this apocalypse has plenty of sharp edges." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bottom line: If Soft Apocalypse isn't nominated for a Hugo or Nebula Award, I will eat the entire book page by page." (Paul Goat Allen)
"[McIntosh] has written a first novel that's compelling, credible, and relentless, whose best and most disturbing moments will stay with the reader for a long time." (Locus)

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  • Pam
  • 18/07/2012

What happens when the money runs out

This story is sad, violent, realistic, sad, and sad. In a future where society collapses not because of zombies, or a terrible disease, or a war, but because of economic ruin -- there's not much to be cheery about. But I found "Soft Apocalypse" to be an intriguing take on the sci-fi dystopia. People do things to survive that they are not proud of. Yet they try to cling to the sense of self they had before the collapse, and they strive to find a "normal" life... Somewhere.

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  • Edain
  • 03/06/2011

Not what I expected

While it is a story of a "Soft Apocalypse", it is more about the characters and less about what has/is happening. It seems focused on Jasper getting dates and how unfair the world is. (The haves vs the have nots) I would have enjoyed it more if there was more about how they got to where they are and more of the "color" of what is happening in the larger world. If you enjoy books like "One Second After" or "Lucifer's Hammer" this is not for you. If you enjoyed "Life as we knew it" you will probably like this.

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  • Roger
  • 02/04/2013

Refreshing take

A different view on how society could deteriorate. An easy listen that's not really too far fetched. Sure this book had a few corny parts, but the girlfriend thing wasn't as bad as some reviews make it out to be. It's a decent non-violent (for the most part) apocalyptic story.

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  • Linda B
  • 22/12/2012

Misleading! JUST a story about a guy's dating life

The focus of this story is MUCH more about the main character's dating life than an apocalypse. In fact it really is just a sort of chronicle of the main character's dating life. I found the main character to be hard to like, and hard to care about. Kind of a wishy washy guy who sort of drifts along bemoaning his love life, while making silly decisions and bouncing from person to person kind of pointlessly... The apocalypse is really just a backdrop for this dating stuff which is the main thrust of the story. It is not, however, a romance, or a love story, or even an exploration of relationships - just a sort of log and commentary on the trials and tribulations of dating...

It is odd - as though the writer was much more interested in exploring the ups and downs of dating than the supposed demise of the world. There is much more commentary about the kind of girl he likes, the kind of girl he doesn't like, etc, than there is about what is happening in the world and why or how it impacts anything. The apocalypse element could have been left out altogether, since it completely had little to no impact on the main story, which is all about this guy's experiences in dating. The dating stuff got to be relentless at times - on and on and on about which woman he will date and going to a dating service, and ex's he's had and... Ugg....

There is little explanation for why the economy is failing, or what is happening in the world or why, and some weird elements seem to be introduced to try to make is seem like an apocalypse. There are unexplained groups forming in society that seem to have no purpose and no explanation but to somehow make this an apocalypse, and viruses popping up for no apparent reason as we are given no explanation of the state of the world, or who would do this, or why, and it does nothing to move the story (which is just DATING) along.

It really got tedious and was a chore to finish this and I wonder why the author doesn't just write a straightforward story about some guy's dating life and all the commentary he clearly wants to expound on about dating for guys (I am sure there is an audience for that), without the premise of the world ending, since the apocalypse is really an afterthought in many ways it seems in this story. Perhaps it would not have been disappointing had I thought is was a character driven story about some ordinary guy going through all the ins and outs and ups and downs of dating, but "soft apocalypse" carries some obvious promises, so I felt this was very misleading... I had to listen to hours of this guy droning on about his feelings about his dating life when I thought this was a slow end of the world story, which it only was a little and only incidentally, it seems.

I know I can return it, but it is pain to do that. So though I hate giving bad reviews, and though it wasn't the worst story I have ever heard, I really felt there was a bait and switch going on here and I feel a mislead...

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  • Mike
  • 09/10/2012

Still thinking about it...

What made the experience of listening to Soft Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

I think that listening to this book as the Presidential Election draws nearer really seems to make the storyline plausible... Following the daily news I felt the story actually was pertinent as a warning on the choices we make today...

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did enjoy the Main Character because he wasn't a "Superman" but seems average. I enjoyed the "believability" of his actions and consequences as they related to this story.

What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Erik Davies helped the story along by not over-doing the different voices... which can really detract from a great book if not done right.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Not with a Bang...but with a whimper..."

Any additional comments?

Its not the Best Book, its not the Best Story...its not even the most plausible storyline. But it is a GOOD book, well written, with solid Characters and more than enough thought provocation on the subjects it touched upon that I still find myself thinking about this book almost daily. To me, that's money well spent.

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  • Sarda
  • 06/09/2011

Very good story

This is a coming of age story, set in a possible future, one where none of us would like to visit. The author puts us inside the narrator and we see the world he sees. Since it is his world, he feels no need to fully explain it or try to tell how it came about. I think anyone who is aware of the problems we now have and what is coming slowly to us, will not need to have things explained. We see these things happening all around us.
The story is simple, but effective. And frightening. It comes to us, as all things do, one step at a time.

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  • Bryan
  • 26/07/2019

Wow! Definitely one of my favorites.

This big is a great listen, especially if you appreciate the survival genre but you're tired of macho heroes who defy the odds with superhuman resilience to the difficulties of their situation. These characters are so real. They just want love and a place to belong.

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  • WillMaj
  • 26/03/2019

Terrible villains

I only made it a few hours into the book. This is a "100% innocent victims" vs "Almost parody of evil villain" story. There is no gray area at all. You can't relate to any of the characters because they don't make sense. I almost thought it actually was parody at first. Yikes it was bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14/03/2019

Good concept, disappointing execution.

I think that the concept of a slow motion apocalypse is a really fascinating concept. There are loads of historical examples to draw on- the fall of Rome, the horrors unleashed in Eastern Europe between 1914 - 1945, the Black Death, the destruction of indigenous American civilizations by the Spanish in the 15th and 16th centuries, or even the ongoing collapse of Venezuela right now. So I was excited to purchase this, which I thought would be describing something a bit more realistic than other novels of the apocalypse.

Unfortunately, the apocalypse is far from soft, and seemed kind of arbitrary. The story starts off with the protagonist already homeless and wandering around with a "tribe". Despite being a recent college graduate, things have gotten so bad he and his tribe are left to barter for survival, occasionally passing other groups who are dying of hunger or disease. I think that beginning with the protagonist already in such a dire situation was a mistake, because his situation seems to change little for the rest of the book and he keeps comparing his situation to what things used to be like (which we never see).

The unfolding apocalypse is just a handful of current trends (or risks) turned up to 11 so as to end the world in 15 years. Invasive GMO bamboo that grows several feet before your eyes, designer viruses, nihilistic terrorists causing mayhem for no apparent reason seem to be the main causes. The story keeps jumping months or years at a time, and we are constantly finding the protagonist witnessing atrocity after atrocity, and running from one place to another. Sometimes the wider world is mentioned; nuclear war, end of the government, and so on, but it all seems to have no impact on what happens. Not a lot of the apocalypse seems to make sense.

This wouldn't of been so bad if the protagonist wasn't so unlikable, and his friends so forgettable. The protagonist is obsessed with finding a girlfriend. This might of been okay if it was done well, but it wasn't. Instead of a look at love in a dying world, it reads more like a whiny, horny teenager who can't handle being single who is actually in his 30s. The other characters are completely forgettable, aside from the fact that they keep running into one another after years of ongoing apocalypse. Throughout the 15 or so years the novel takes place over, the characters seem to change very little.

One other thing is that the writing is pretty gratuitous at times. I don't ordinarily have a problem with that, but a lot of it seems to serves no purpose. The way it's written is not even particularly shocking; The Stand, for example, has some memorable, gruesome and shocking scenes as the world collapses. I found very little of the violence or chaos described in this book to be memorable.

Ultimately I found it disappointing. It's not a particularly good apocalypse story, and it's not a good character-driven story either. If you're looking for a soft apocalypse set in the USA with a love story, I'd recommend Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story instead.

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  • anna
  • 12/05/2018

So. Painfully. Bad.

I’ve actually been stalling on writing a review of this story for a while because it was so bad and disappointing that my brain doesn’t want to think about it. I was hoping for some good apocalyptic times fiction...instead I got a dull and plodding story of some random guy and his romances. Rather than a story about an apocalypse that had characters in it, it was a super dull romance with an apocalypse as the distant background. The characters’ motives and priorities made no sense