The Oblivion Society

The Oblivion Society

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by Marcus Alexander Hart
     
 

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What would you do if you slept through the apocalypse? What if everything you knew about disaster survival came from old B-movies? What would you do if society as you know it suddenly became The Oblivion Society? After an accidental nuclear war reduces civilization to a smoldering ruin, grocery clerk Vivian Gray joins a comically inept bunch of twentysomething

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What would you do if you slept through the apocalypse? What if everything you knew about disaster survival came from old B-movies? What would you do if society as you know it suddenly became The Oblivion Society? After an accidental nuclear war reduces civilization to a smoldering ruin, grocery clerk Vivian Gray joins a comically inept bunch of twentysomething survivors, and together they try to ride out Armageddon on little more than scavenged junk food and half-remembered pop culture. When the contaminated atmosphere unleashes a menagerie of deadly atomic mutants, Vivian and her friends take to the interstate for a madcap cross-country road trip toward a distant sanctuary that may not, in the strictest sense of the word, exist. But can they get to safety before the toxins get to them? Read the first eighty-two pages for free at OblivionSociety.com!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000101087
Publisher:
Double Dragon Publishing
Publication date:
08/02/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
856 KB

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CHAPTER ONE

The morning was hot, and moist, and thick, and it smelled like a foot. The sun's rays scorched through the atmosphere like a blowtorch, scalding the earth and boiling translucent ripples into the heavy air. This weather was beyond oppressive. It was outright combative.

In short, it was a typical summer day in Stillwater, Florida.

Somewhere on Bayshore Boulevard, lost within a creeping armada of tourists' rental cars and retirees' French-vanilla land yachts, was a rattling '83 Volkswagen Rabbit convertible. Years of exposure to the seaside air had turned its gray paint job into a Jackson Pollock of flaking orange rust, and the tattered remains of its canvas top hung from its trunk like Spanish moss.

The driver pulled off her thick, Buddy-Holly-style eyeglasses and ineffectually mopped her perspiring face with her perspiring palms. If she had been a movie star, Vivian Gray would have been crossing the threshold between being typecast as "the nerdy eighteen-year-old high school student" and "the bitter thirty-two-year-old high-school teacher." But Vivian Gray was not a star. Not at all.

Her car radio kicked at her ears with an irritating cacophony of brass and slide-whistles.

" We're back and you're in the middle of another Wacky Wednesday with the Mooker and the Foz Morning Zoo!"

A doorbell rang, followed by the sound of a bugle, two gunshots, and a mewling cat.

"Whoops! Bad news for Fluffy, but good news for you! That sound means we're going to be kicking off another twelve-in-a-row megamix …

(The word "megamix" echoed a dozen times, each iteration deeper and slower than the last.)

"… of good-time oldies for the Gulf Coast! But first let's check in with Art Anderson over in the WOSU News Center. Hey Artie boy, what's big news in Stillwater?"

"An oxymoron," Vivian muttered.

A different voice chirped from the radio, speaking in a calm, rehearsed monotone that sounded uneasily out of place among its jabbering companions.

"State health officials have closed all Stillwater area beaches due to an unusually strong bloom of red tide. Bacteria has been discovered within the bloom that researchers warn cannot be killed by cooking, freezing, or irradiation. A temporary fishing ban has been instated in all coastal waters, and it is imperative that no local seafood be consumed, especially by the elderly."

"All right, you sexy seniors, you heard Doc Anderson! Lay off the bouillabaisse!"

A sound bite bellowed "No soup for you!" no less than six times.

"Speaking of silver foxes, in today's celebrity birthdays, Shelley Winters turns 79 years young-"

Vivian snapped off the radio and eased her vehicle into a smoldering parking lot. As usual, the lot was populated with an assortment of barge-like seniormobiles, but today there was something different. A collection of tall, impossibly orange bottles lay scattered between the white and chrome street mausoleums like colored eggs on Easter Sunday.

Vivian rattled her car into the first available space, ground the shifter into first gear, and turned off the ignition. She didn't bother to set the parking brake. Much like its roof, the Rabbit's brake had long since rotted into uselessness. As soon as the roar of the engine fell away, Vivian's ears were pummeled with a melody that had recently become all too familiar. The commercial parodies of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince's "1999" had begun the moment Dick Clark dropped the ball in Times Square, and it hadn't let up in the seven and a half months since.

I keep dreamin' of a beverage, forgive me if I go astray,

but your body needs a boost, and your cells are all in disarray …

Copyright © 2007 Marcus Alexander Hart.

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Oblivion Society 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has great comedic value, some scientific, with a great sense of character development. Well worth the read, quite a strange scene at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very odd story. The premise is good, but the reality of things would be far different. Much of the novel was so absurd that this book was like a car wreck; awful but I couldn't stop reading. There were lots of references to 1990s pop culture which (thankfully) I'd forgotten about. The characters, as absurd as they are were quite fascinating. In Nook format the editing is deplorable. There were breaks in the tale where there shouldn't have been any and no breaks where they are needed (changing from one scene to another). Despite all of my criticisms about it, it was a fast read and an entertaining one; though I'm still trying to make sense of much of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy the overdone mock-interview style of 'The Daily Show' you might enjoy this book. Set in the year 2000, the author over plays culture and pop references to the point that they completely overshadow the thin storyline and one is left, not with an enjoyable trip down geeky 2000 culture, but with the feeling of having spent the whole time locked in a broken bathroom stall with a group of teenie bobper mall rats hyped up on stimulants. OMG!!!!
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Some good humor, and a pretty twisted tale... but fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, strange ending but good book.
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sublimenikki More than 1 year ago
this book was sooo funny I read it in two days and could not put it down!
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newmizj More than 1 year ago
I found the writing to be creative, humorous and gruesome. I believe there are teens out there that would just love this as a read. I find the "reality" theme getting to me - one can't escape reality for even a moment when you see it on the internet, tv, and books - let alone hearing it at the water cooler and on the radio. I'm all for a fresh look at the far out crazy ideas others have! This was truly a fun read.