Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart

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New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove brings his post-apocalyptic disaster trilogy to a startling conclusion...

An explosion of incalculable magnitude in Yellowstone Park propelled lava and ash across the landscape and into the atmosphere, forever altering the climate of the entire continent. Nothing grows from the tainted soil. Stalled and stilled machines function only as statuary.

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New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove brings his post-apocalyptic disaster trilogy to a startling conclusion...

An explosion of incalculable magnitude in Yellowstone Park propelled lava and ash across the landscape and into the atmosphere, forever altering the climate of the entire continent. Nothing grows from the tainted soil. Stalled and stilled machines function only as statuary.
People have been scraping by on the excess food and goods produced before the eruption. But supplies are running low. Natural resources are dwindling. And former police officer Colin Ferguson knows that time is running out for his family—and for humanity…

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Kirkus Reviews
Another go 'round with the Ferguson family, supervolcano survivors and utter literary ciphers. Turtledove (The War That Came Early: Coup d'Etat, 2013, etc.) returns for a third installment of his Supervolcano series, which finds the Ferguson clan, along with the rest of society, struggling to recover from the massive eruption that has wreaked all manner of climatological and economic havoc on the once mighty United States of America. Turtledove alternates scenes featuring Colin Ferguson, a gruff, cynical cop, and various members of his extended family to provide a panoramic view of post-eruption life; career woes, rampant inflation, the inconveniences of severe weather, reduced technological resources and relationship drama are the order of the day. Given the semiapocalyptic nature of Turtledove's setting, the dramatic stakes of his story remain curiously muted, if not outright absent. In fact, there is little story to speak of, as the narrative limps back and forth among its cast of bland, undeveloped characters dealing with the frustrations of power outages and the like. The lack of any sort of narrative momentum edges into perversity as the author pads his meandering tale with surreally protracted episodes of, say, a cat getting into painfully unfunny shenanigans or a geologist experimenting with a slide rule. Turtledove's premise is intriguing, but the prose style is gratingly folksy, turgid and weirdly out of touch despite copious references to Internet and texting conventions. A lifeless apocalyptic thriller/social drama.
Library Journal
Five years after the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano altered the world's atmosphere (Supervolcano: Eruption), the survivors, including police officer Colin Ferguson and his scattered family, scramble to survive on a daily basis while dreaming of rebuilding civilization. After solving a sensational crime involving a serial killer, Ferguson welcomes the chance for more routine, though equally complex crimes. Meanwhile, in a New England locked into an almost continuous winter, young musician Rob Ferguson finds he enjoys the reality of a simpler but harder lifestyle, and Vanessa Ferguson strives to put her life back together after time spent in refugee camps. VERDICT Turtledove has a knack for creating well-rounded characters who epitomize the time he describes, whether in works of alternative history or speculative fiction. Series fans and readers who clamor for "disaster" novels should enjoy this ongoing chronicle of a possible future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451465689
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 486,851
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Turtledove, the New York Times bestselling author of The Guns of the SouthRuled Britannia, the Atlantis Trilogy (Opening Atlantis, The United States of Atlantis, Liberating Atlantis), and the Supervolcano Trilogy (Supervolcano: Eruption, Supervolcano: All Fall Down) 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 10, 2013


    Well, I went trough the first two books expecting the action to pick up. It didn't carachter development is essential, however, it need not go on to such an extent with those we already know. Plot development would have been a much better idea. Evidently not a heck of a lot has happened as the babies are starting to talk and the eruption given in terms of years ago. It looks like the collapse of life as we know it is glacally slow. What about the effect of hunderds of thousands freezing to death? Why is he bothering to write a novel? In fact, why are the magazines even being published? Somethings aren't making much sense. Harry what is going on? Where is the author that wrote "Across the Wine Dark Sea""The Guns of the South" and "In the Presence of My Enemies"? I thought you might go somewhere with a Serbian and his PTSD and sociopathy. It just pooped out. I suppose in the next book he'll reappear and the boderline personnalitied female will some hoq manipulate her vengance. Things in Mainebsewm to have settled down. I haven't even seen the usefulness of the Bryce storyline yet. I'll give it another chance, but I'm glad I bought it on my Nook istead of getting the bound one.

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