A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.
Charles Kerchner, October 30, 2013 (view all comments by Charles Kerchner)
A good read describing the end of human civilization. Though long in the tooth at places and somewhat depressing, it is a much more accurate representation to a doomsday scenario than most. One man watches as apathetic humans are uninterested in rebuilding society but instead living off what others have built. An interesting mixture of very detailed sections to fast forward ones.
PrimalWriter, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by PrimalWriter)
This is my all time favorite novel. I love apocalyptic stories, and this one satisfies without needing to rely on gore or shock. I read it at least twice a year, and always seem to come away with something new each time. This is one of the few novels that I look forward to reading because I know it will be everything a good story should be. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and read this book!
Stephen Moore, September 14, 2012 (view all comments by Stephen Moore)
The last person/people on earth premise has been well worked in science fiction by the beginning of the 21st Century. This was not the case in 1949 when George R. Stewart, a professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote "Earth Abides." It is the story of one man who escapes death from a plague caused by a mutant virus which destroys almost all human life in America. His efforts to join a few other survivors and create the beginnings of a new society are the gist of this story. I could not help comparing it to "A Canticle for Leibowitz" and to Stephen Kings "The Stand." Stewart wrote this novel between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. Like its protagonist, Stewart made several cross-country motor trips (and wrote about them). The book is realistic but generally hopeful, save for the loss of literacy which occurs when it is found not to be an essential survival skill. What a remarkable thing for an English professor to conclude!
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