Supervolcano: All Fall Down (Supervolcano Series #2)

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In Supervolcano: Eruption, one of nature’s most destructive forces released its ferocity on an unsuspecting world. Now, New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove reveals how the survivors of the disaster adapt to their new environment…

In the aftermath of the supervolcano’s eruption in Yellowstone Park, North America is covered in ash. Farmlands cannot produce food. Machinery has been rendered useless. Cities are no longer habitable. ...

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Overview

In Supervolcano: Eruption, one of nature’s most destructive forces released its ferocity on an unsuspecting world. Now, New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove reveals how the survivors of the disaster adapt to their new environment…

In the aftermath of the supervolcano’s eruption in Yellowstone Park, North America is covered in ash. Farmlands cannot produce food. Machinery has been rendered useless. Cities are no longer habitable. And the climate across the globe grows colder every day.

Former police officer Colin Ferguson’s family is spread across the United States, separated by the catastrophe, and struggling to survive as the nation attempts to recover and reestablish some measure of civilization…  

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The supervolcano lying beneath Yellowstone National Park has finally erupted (as recounted in Supervolcano: Eruption), covering most of North America with ash and initiating a series of severe climatic and meteorological conditions. As the weather grows unnaturally cold, two major snowfalls cripple Los Angeles, and the nation's prospects for viable crops are dismal. LA cop Colin Ferguson's family is scattered across the country. Colin, his second wife, and son Marshall live in California; Rob, another son, is trapped with his band in Maine; daughter Vanessa, who was nearest to the eruption, struggles to survive under deplorably crowded conditions in one of the many refugee camps. VERDICT Tracking the Ferguson family's fortunes in a vastly changed America, alternative history master Turtledove (The Guns of the South; Days of Infamy) tells in microcosm the story of a nation coping with an unavoidable natural disaster. His chilling look at a plausible future will arouse interest in his fans as well as readers who enjoy ecothrillers.
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In the aftermath of a supervolcano's eruption, the world is plunged into a cold, post-apocalyptic, nearly uninhabitable environment. Resources are scarce. Human nature is put to the test. The second in Turtledove's Supervolcano series (following Eruption, 2011) traces the fates of scattered members of police lieutenant Colin Ferguson's family. Rob, stranded in Maine, releases his indie band dreams to embrace a rugged lifestyle, finding love with Lindsey, a local high school chemistry teacher. Practically interned at a concentration camp (euphemistically named Camp Constitution), Rob's sister Vanessa resorts to performing sexual favors to gain at least a modicum of independence and, ironically, dignity. She maneuvers her way onto a salvage team, but are they salvaging or stealing? Back home in California, Louise, Colin's ex-wife, faces wreckage on not only a natural, but also a personal scale. Abandoned by her lover, she decides to have his baby anyway. Her son Marshall, a not-so-struggling writer, grudgingly agrees to baby-sit the baby so Louise can work, but his resentment over his mother's adultery lingers. Geologist Kelly, Colin's second wife, struggles to make sense of her possible role in the supervolcano's eruption. Yet she, like Rob, embraces life in the aftermath, as she and Colin decide to have a baby, too. Meanwhile, Colin must solve the increasingly gruesome case of the South Bay Strangler, who rapes and murders little old ladies. Turtledove strives for a dry, gritty, nearly noir tone, which does underscore the beleaguered world the Fergusons now inhabit. At times, however, the language instead gives the tale a strangely clichéd feeling. We already know that each challenge facing the Fergusons--from finding gas to solving crimes--will be resolved in favor of what is good and life-affirming. This disaster tale abounds with plotlines but leaves the reader emotionally detached.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451464811
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Supervolcano Series , #2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 815,173
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Turtledove, the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, has a PhD in Byzantine history. Nominated for the Nebula Award, he has won the Hugo, Sidewise, and John Esthen Cook Awards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    This was my first ,and last, Harry Turtledove book. None of the

    This was my first ,and last, Harry Turtledove book. None of the characters are likeable. There is no plot, just several unpleasant people living their unpleasant lives. I waited for a story to come together, thinking that something would knit their lives into a drama or mystery but, it never happened. A completely unsatisfying read.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Pretty Grim

    It's supposed to be pretty grim. The tone of the book is very negative. The characters are dysfuctional. The society is very dysfunctional. I would expect it to be after what could be an extinction level event such as the eruption of the Yellowstone caldera. The society is in denial that the world as they know it is over forever. The characters know and their own little world comes unglued along with it. The coping strategies of each character is different and run from denial to fatalism. Having such different ways of dealing with it would naturally precipitate some kind of conflict. By and large the characters aren't all that likable. I doubt that many people would be very pleasant knowing that slow starvation is a good possibility. This is the most optimistic scenario I have seen regarding the future eruption of Yellowstone. Most scenarios have ninety-nine percent of the human race dead in the time line of the books thus far. I'm interested in finding out how long he thinks L.A. will actually last. What has been going on in N.Y.? Why aren't there plagues from failing sewage treatment plants? In my opinon society has coped far too well in the three or four year span of the story. It isn't one of Turtledove's best but I wouldn't be as negative as the other reviews. Besides he rather succintly put why the Serbs and Croats hate each other, something that isn't esy to do.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Boring!

    Wasted 12.99 of my money along with a few hours of time. Don't waste yours on this boring story of a family living after the yellowstone supervolcano eruption. Unlikable characters and a plot that consists of people arguing, having kids, complaining about life and each other. This isn't what we expect from the master of alternative history. More dreadful than liberating Atlantis.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Great If You Want To Get A Sense Of Survival In A Mega-Crisis

    A mega-crisis is going to bring out the best and worst in societies. Turtledove uses a disfunctional and seperated family as the vehicle for describing what it might take to survive a mega-crisis which is just to the good side of total social destruction. Thanks for this and the previous read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    not his usual effort

    Boring!! Not about disaster aftermath, but about the characters personal interaction. Not what I expected.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Sequel

    Thought it would be a great continuation of the first book but found it to be boring with no excitment. Kept waiting for a page turner, never happened. Afraid to buy the third.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    BORING!

    Very disapointing follow up to the first book. Don't waste your $ or time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Bored. Women have a hard time in this book. I thought I'd give i

    Bored. Women have a hard time in this book. I thought I'd give it a chance. Within the last few pages of finishing I quit. I'll never know what happened to the characters and could care less.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Nothing.

    Bought this book after reading the first one and there is nothing there. It loads and opens to all blank pages. Be aware people! Anyone know of a way to fix that?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 21, 2013

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