Even though the TV has started showing back-to-school commercials, don’t leave your hammock yet! This summer week’s Friday Reads: CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki, a must-read debut novel for anyone who loves post-apocalyptic fiction, as I do. (You can thank Stephen King’s THE STAND, one of my top three favorite novels of all time, for this lifelong addiction.)
What’s interesting to me about CALIFORNIA–as with all novels set in the aftermath of life as we know it–is both the delicious dystopian details (I always want to know how things went catastrophically wrong) and the psychology of the survivors. Any good sci-fi story is a mirror of our psyche, and good post-apocalyptic fiction is no exception, leading you to wonder: how and what would I do in that situation? Would I survive?