One of the original novels of post-nuclear holocaust America, The Long Tomorrow is considered by many to be one of the finest science fiction novels ever written on the subject. The story has inspired generations of new writers and is still as mesmerizing today as when it was originally written.
Len and Esau are young cousins living decades after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization as we know. The rulers of the post-war community have forbidden the existence of large towns and consider technology evil.
However Len and Esau long for more than their simple agrarian existence. Rumors of mythical Bartorstown, perhaps the last city in existence, encourage the boys to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure that will call into question not only firmly held beliefs, but the boys’ own personal convictions.
©1955 Leigh Brackett Hamilton (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"She [Brackett] has created science-fiction to compare with serious mainstream literature." (New York Herald Tribune)
this is a little in the same vein as On the Beach, Alas Babylon, Earth Abides, and Canticle for Leibowitz. the society after the destruction is well thought out and plausible with some over zealous religious preachers and bans against letting cities and technology resurface and cause it all again. I liked it though it is not fast paced. I kept thinking of Canticle due to the religion and reading aspects. overall very good and not so long that you have to invest too much time if it's not quite what you want.
The long tomorrow by leigh brackett is amazingly well written and a great story. It's often bleak and preachy but the payoff is quite worth the journey.
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