• 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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Thought provoking and gripping

Part of me wants to give this book 5 stars, or maybe 4 and half. It takes us to a post (oil) apocalyptic world and follows the stories of a few groups of people trying to survive. It really made me think about what we are doing to the world, how we would survive without the resources we currently have and made me wonder if something like this could really happen the way he describes. It also, paradoxically perhaps, made me more grateful for the things we have and made me resolve to think less about the evils of modern technology as I realise how hard life would be without it all. I am not sure if this is the message the author was going for but this is one of the things I took from it.
I hold back on 5 stars just because of some of the writing. I found some of the characters less than fully developed, struggling, even with some of the main characters, to be fully sympathetic towards them, or fully understanding of their motives. I also felt a little bit uncomfortable with some of the ways the female characters spoke to themselves - I felt like some of the language was more the kind a man would use in a derogatory way than the way a woman would actually chastise herself. Having said this I am only one woman so I only know the way I speak to myself!
Overall I loved it, loved the themes and how relevant it is to modern day excesses. Will be reading about the factual basis of all this and also looking out for more Alex Scarrow books.
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- Emma Jones

Book Details

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