Eva, eighteen, and Nell, seventeen, are sisters, adolescents on the threshold of womanhood - and for them anything should be possible. But even as Eva prepares for an audition with the San Francisco Ballet and Nell dreams of her first semester at Harvard, their lives are turned upside down and their dreams are pushed into the shadows. In a nation suddenly without electricity or communication, Eva is compelled to dance alone to the music of memory, and Nell's education consists of reading the encyclopedia, devouring knowledge as if it were her last meal. Theirs is an age of darkness and terror.
A distant war rages overseas. Resources society had depended on, such as gas and electricity, are no longer available. Riots spread through the inner cities, while deadly viral infections spread across the countryside. Isolated in their home in the northern California woods, Eva and Nell live in a world without television or phones, in a time of suspicion and superstition, of anger, hunger, and fear. Perhaps on day the lights - and their dreams - will return, but orphaned by their parents' deaths and by society, Eva and Nell have been left to forage through the forest, and through their past, for the keys to survival. As they blaze a path into the forest and into the future, they become pioneers and pilgrims - not only creatures of the new world, but the creators of it.
©1999 Jean Hegland; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Banta Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was an interesting look at what is a probable outcome of our current course of living in terms of natural resources, war, disease, etc. To go from great abundance and regress to pioneer-type existence. It also caused me to reflect on appreciation of the simple things and more awareness of wastefulness. I enjoyed the development and growth of the characters. A great listen.
I listened to this three times to ensure I had heard all of the nuances of the plot and characters. The story arc and conclusion entranced me. I want more.
I never wanted this book to end. They dynamics between father and then sisters were powerfully expressed. This end of the world story has a hopeful and healing ending
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic fiction and this was the very book that started it all 12+ years ago. Over the years I often thought of this book so I decided it was time to revisit it as a listener. I don’t usually go for abridge since I am one of those people that want it ALL! I just don’t get who decides which parts of a story should be cut out and why? However it was the only version available at the time so I went for it.
The story is about two sister’s survival in a changed world. The changes start slowly with rolling electric blackouts and then one day the electricity never comes back on and things you depended on slowly disappear. It’s told in the perspective of the oldest sister and has an almost poetic tone to it.
I did have a couple gripes!
My first one being the music! There are these little tunes that just pop out, sometimes it’s a harmonica others times it’s a piano and I swear once I heard an accordion. There were a few times when they started it scared the bejeebies out of me. Maybe they put it there to make sure you were awake and listening… not sure.
My second gripe … these sisters did some things that sisters just don’t do or even think about doing and anyone with a sister would know this. I am thinking the author in no way had a sister.
I still think this book is worth a listen and I would listen to the story again.
On a final note -The father in this story was hilarious! I can’t help to think had it been told in his perspective this book would have been a major hit because he was a hoot!
I feel like I was left hanging....
I didn't realize this was only a 10 chapter book. There was so much more that could have been added. It was almost like the author was over writing the book and just ended it abruptly. I hope the movie is better. # reallydissapointed
Great story of survival as two girls overcome all odds to ensure their survival in a new world in which they must leave themselves behind.
Prepare yourself for audio quality you last heard on tape cassettes or AM radio, though. Made it difficult to hear while on the highway in my car.
First things first... this book is hard to listen to. The narrator is fine, I enjoyed the way she read it. But just the recording itself sounds bad, like low bit-rate. I tried downloading a higher quality version, no improvement. Its tiresome on the ears and actually can be hard to understand. Its the worst I've found on audible so far.
Now for the story: It really is a good book, I'd give the book itself a solid 4 stars. Its short, its surprising, its powerful, but leaves you wanting more.
I wont dive into detail because other reviews do that just fine. Its a well written book with an interesting little story. One of the more memorable in the genre, even though it was very short, and the audio quality was poor.
Get this book the recording it deserves!
no one, it leaves out to much.
if the audio books don't reed everything.
skipped every other paragraph
I cannot reed very fast and i use this to help me with my English class. so while audible is playing i follow along. but you cant follow along if she does not reed everything.
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