This novel starts off like a lot of pandemic apocalypse novels, everyone is slow to understand what’s going on as public transportation fails, the electricity goes off, and civilization slowly falls apart. Unlike a lot of similar stories, some of the survivors in this got sick and pulled through, in addition to those immune to the disease, a various of the bubonic plague in this case.
Value to survivalists? Middling. Survivors find each other and form small communities. Some fight each other. The collect/hoard the trappings of civilization, and try to farm. All pretty predictable. There are a few lessons here and there.
Also some problems.
- Although the main characters are concerned about bandits and raids, they never organize a guard schedule and security is very lacking, even after being attacked.
- They speak of using gasoline several years after collapse, with no mention of stabilizers, which may or may not have been around in the 1970s.
- The main characters decide they cannot maintain a sustenance level due to the climate and decide to move to Italy, hoping for warmer weather. First, those in the past could live there, why not them? Second, why would they think groups in Italy would tolerate immigrants?
It’s an entertaining read, but not really a survivalist story. The ending has a twist that is so improbably and so unnecessary that it also disappointed. Overall not recommended.