• by Alex Scarrow
  • Narrated by David John
  • 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten years after a massive oil crisis, the world lies devastated. The towns and cities of Britain are skeletal ghosts and very few humans have managed to survive. But sitting quietly amidst the ravaged landscapes are a few communities that have managed to fashion a new way of living. Jenny Sutherland leads one of these groups. Based on a series of decaying offshore oil-rigs, she has helped a few hundred people rebuild a semblance of normality. But as Jenny’s people begin to explore their surroundings after a decade in the wilderness, they start to realise that not every survivor shares the same vision of a better future. Conflict is coming, and the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined…


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Thought provoking!

The books first light and after light by Alex Scarrow are two of the best that I have ever read, I have recommended to many friends and they all agree. The story is based on the end of society as we know it, in this case not by the usual virus/zombie outbreak. Therefore making this much more believable and thought provoking. The speed of the collapse and the behaviour of all the characters is extremely frightening, my circle is now definitely more prepared!
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- Kindle Customer

Are we closer to a rat or disaster?

Well they say hope springs eternal and at the point of writing this it seems that it does. Actually this isn't wholly an original idea. It's been done many times before though not in quite such a modern way. I feel that the author is writing this in order not so much to entertain as to make a point. It reads like so many other apocalyptic novels in terms of riotting and pillaging and the rest that there's not much to choose between it and a lot of others though in this case the reasons for the colapse are at least gone into by the characters and the discerning reader won't fail to notice the similarity between the events in this book and the story of Noah and his ark though the time frame is longer of course. The staccato naration spoils it a bit and there are passages of weakness in the prose which is why I can't rate it much higher. Having said that at least the author pays more attention than most to the deliery of doalogue and can manage better than most to vary the 'said' syndrome that most lazy sentence stringers indulge in. So it's not all bad and there's a happy ending I think.
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- Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-01-2011
  • Publisher: Isis Audio Books