Following the devastation of a nuclear world war, Europe, America and most of the northern hemisphere is annihilated. Only a few remote pockets of the earth remain habitable, and the area around Melbourne, with its small group of survivors, is one of these. The author also wrote "No Highway".Following the devastation of a nuclear world war, Europe, America and most of the northern hemisphere is annihilated. Only a few remote pockets of the earth remain habitable, and the area around Melbourne, with its small group of survivors, is one of these. The author also wrote "No Highway".Read Less
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With everybody firing off their nuclear weapons the world becomes a place where life itself can no longer exist. Gradually the cloud of death works its way south from the northern latitudes. The story, set in Australia, follows the lives of people unable to accept the inevitable until the bleak ending. There is no happy ending. This book should be required reading for all, especially those with their fingers on the button. Stop and think. Not what will be the immediate result of my actions, but what will be the long term outcome for all mankind ?
May 6, 2011
I had never read this novel, nor watched the movie. The story, written years ago, could be from now. The book is timeless. I have read many of Nevil Shute's books, but this one really stands out & I will never forget it.
Sep 23, 2010
Very good novel. Had me thinking about what could have happened in a nuclear global war.
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