This book may change your life. It may save it. It is one of the most important - and most shocking - books ever written.
Tomorrow! is a story of average, nice Americans living in the neighboring cities of Green Prairie and River City in Middle America. It is - until the sudden blitz - the story of the girl next door and her boyfriend; of the accountant who saw what was coming, and the rich old lady who didn’t; of engaging young kids, babies, “hoods,” a bank official who “borrowed” from a customer’s account.
Then, at the height of the Christmas shopping season, Condition Red is sounded, and this down-to-earth story of America’s Main Street becomes a shattering, vivid experience of the nightmare that human beings have cooked up for themselves.
Tomorrow! can be listened to as a novel of pure suspense - if you dare. It is a thriller in which the apocalyptic technology of today is superimposed on the future. But the novel is also designed to show Philip Wylie’s conclusions about America’s dangerous vulnerability to dread, hysteria, and panic, as well as his recommendations about what must be done.
©1954 Philip Wylie (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
So many books, so little time...
Philip Wylie was one of my favorite writers when growing up. I loved When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide, so I took a chance on Tomorrow.
Perhaps it is that I am not into apocalyptic books as much today as when growing up, and that this was written in 1954 and it projected too many of the values of a post WWII era. It is not very realistic in the portrayal of what happens after a plutoniuim bomb would go off, and yet it was a little too realistic in places. Certainly, what we saw after Hurricane Katrina should give us pause about what the depths and depravity of human nature can involve in the mass exodus of people from an area.
Had there been a nuclear winter from the number of bombs and retaliation of the bombings certainly there would be no kittens or babies or people for that matter. For that reason I would question the sensablity of the publishers to make this book into an audio book. It is dated material and perhaps should have been left on the shelf.
The narrator; Keith O'Brien did a nice job.
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