Author: James Howard Kunstler
A near-future genre-bending story of a fairly optimistic post-apocalyptic world. Oil has run dry, war has distracted the government, electricity and transportation are severely disrupted. All the worse, a virulent flu has devastated the population, particularly culling the very young.
Suburbia is dead, and the world returns to local community structures where power is divided between those who can get things done, and those who can have things done to others. In this world Robert Earle must contend with a mysterious new cult and the lawless interruption of the well-being of his town.
It’s a well written story, with solidly intriguing characters and a fairly tight plot. The “genre-bending” element jumps in abruptly two-thirds of the way through, though- this will disrupt the less dedicated readers. Keep it up, though – there’s plenty to enjoy.