The USA is attacked by nuclear warheads, and southern California is a prime target. A handful of survivors scattered throughout the area find different ways to cope with the new reality. Fate will bring them together. Not all for the good.
Abrahams first novel in The Alt Apocalypse series, Ash chronicles each of their separate stories. It is a very realistic look at life in a nuclear fallout zone. This disaster tests their abilities and their weaknesses. What will happen when they meet up? Who will survive, or will they all perish?
The premise of this series is to put the same characters in different apocalyptic situations. Each book is a stand-alone story. It is a very new way to examine human nature. I look forward to the rest of the series. Well, except for the zombie one. I hate zombies.
5 out of 5 stars, especially for originality.
Randy Bragg is ahead of his time with his radical thinking. He believes in race equality which for 1959 is something that most white Southerners are vehemently against. Once nuclear war breaks out across the globe Randy is quick to embrace his Negro neighbors as they struggle to live in the reality.
Frank’s novel, Alas, Babylon was written in a much different time then we live in now. Segregation was still the norm and children lived with the threat of a nuclear attack. The late 1950s were the beginnings of many changes that lead to the way of life we now live.
Due to their proximity to many military bases within Florida Randy, his family, and friends become landlocked in-between areas that are destroyed by nuclear bombs from Russia. With little reliable communication outside of their small township, they do the best they can to survive.
For a book that was written in the late 50s and was re-released in 2013, I was surprised that there were still so many typos. I mean, after almost 60 years you would think that they would have been corrected by now. While the book in and of itself is well written and most fascinating I cannot forgive the publisher for these easily corrected mistakes.
4 out of 5 stars.