I grabbed this paperback out of my mother's bookshelf as a bored teenager on summer vacation and I've dragged it around with me for over 30 years! Though the characters are a bit simplistic, the story is riveting.
This story explores what happens when civilization as we know it ceases to exist. How do people survive when there are no safety nets? Decade’s pass and technology marches on, however the story of mankind’s struggle to survive remains pertinent. I actually used this book as a basis for a Sociology paper in college.
The narrator is very good and the story is every bit as good today as it was in 1959.
I found this tale to be a bit long winded, but anyone who has ever been a teenager ;-) or has raised a teenager can relate to it. The story is wonderfully narrated, which absolutely helps, but the author really delves into these teenagers - almost too deeply.
These are some seriously disturbed people and some of it is very difficult to listen to, however the situations the author has put these kids into is very vivid. Even if you aren't Irish, Catholic or a boarding school alumni, you can easily imagine how the circumstances could play out.
I didn't expect to like this book nearly as much as I did! Lovely story, well developed characters, nicely narrated. A very enjoyable read!
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