Dark Advent by Brian Hodge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Excellent post-apocalyptic tale that should be mentioned right up there with The Stand and Swan Song, and what makes it different than those is the purely human element of this story. There are hints of preternatural occurrences, but for the most part, this tale is about the struggle of humans after a world-altering catastrophe to try and carry on, despite the temptations to revert to our baser natures.
Yes, like the previous novels, there's the expected "two camps" - some humans band together collectively and retain their values, while some succumb to tyranny, despotic rule, and their own selfish desires. But unlike The Stand and Swan Song, there's no epic, supernatural forces backing each side. It's merely the best and worst of humanity, clashing amidst the debris of modern society, for the future of mankind. This is a book which should be more widely read, for sure.
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