The Long and Winding Road

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The first to die were the lucky ones--their world was still fairly normal when their time came. The collapse of society was horrendous--impoverished masses revolted, unpaid soldiers mutinied, and starving parents sold their children into slavery. Nuclear suns bloomed here and there, and a man-made winter gripped the world. Last came the sicknesses--many old, some new. Tens of millions died instantly while hundreds of millions wished they had. Mankind had put itself on the endangered species list with a vengeance....
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Overview

The first to die were the lucky ones--their world was still fairly normal when their time came. The collapse of society was horrendous--impoverished masses revolted, unpaid soldiers mutinied, and starving parents sold their children into slavery. Nuclear suns bloomed here and there, and a man-made winter gripped the world. Last came the sicknesses--many old, some new. Tens of millions died instantly while hundreds of millions wished they had. Mankind had put itself on the endangered species list with a vengeance. Yet life did go on. Scattered far and wide, the few survivors huddled in the ruins, ignorant of what was happening beyond the horizon. There were a few who chose to quench this thirst for knowledge, who attempted to fill the longing for luxuries barely remembered. They were called Traders. Kid, barely of drinking age in a world that no longer had laws; Par, his half-crazed partner in crime; Savonne, the young woman who came between them; and Mary, a little girl in a world that is no longer child safe. They brought stories of other places and tales of other survivors. And sometimes they brought hope...hope that things were getting better.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595307869
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Startlingly brutal, shockingly realistic, a trip you should take... if you have the stomach for it.

    This is a story about a couple of guys who survive during the aftermath of a nuclear war by scrounging, trading, and killing their way though the western United States. At first blush you might be put off by the seemingly trite title, but having just completed the book, it's really quite appropriate. The narrative strings together myriad vignettes of a startlingly harsh reality the characters find themselves in. At times, I honestly had to put the book down for awhile because of the sheer brutality of what I'd just read. Other times I found myself re-reading entire sections and staying up far later than I should because I simply couldn't put it down.

    The author has put a lot off effort and care into the main character (Kid), and you really get a sense of what it would be like to lose your sense of morality in (trite alert!) a world gone mad. Kid's character development truly drives the entire book, and I'll guarantee you'll cringe several times throughout the story as you watch him do whatever it takes to just stay alive. I found the other characters to be a fair bit less developed, but they do serve quite well to add a foil for Kid. The female lead seems to be the most unrealistic of all, but Kid's feelings for and about her are, I suppose, what I found compelling. While Kid's morality may be greying, you never question really why he does what he does. He simply needs to keep going, pushing forward, and moving down the road.

    There are a few dangling threads left dangling (especially the scene involving Lonzo's daughter), and the ending seemed a bit abrupt (but not unsatisfying, I suppose). If you like post-apocalyptic fiction and have the stomach for senseless brutal violence, child rape, and truly horrifying torture, I strongly recommend you scrounge the gas to drive down this long and winding road.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

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    I'd give it a 3-1/2 or 3-3/4 because the writing was well done.

    I'd give it a 3-1/2 or 3-3/4 because the writing was well done. The two major characters were not terribly sympathetic men, but the story told of the challenges of surving in a post-apocalyptic time without any civilizing elements to control humanity.

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