This how the world ends, maybe not with a bang, nor a whimper but with plenty of diverse threads woven into an exciting tapestry of geopolitical, nationalist, political, personal conflict with the trademarked john Birmingham exploding goodness.
An exciting cast of characters coming through the unfolding catastrophic circumstances, from the first mild inconveniences that like the recession of water from a beach heralds the tsunami, through the tumultuous 'can things get worse' to the devastation that is, 'things got worse'. The fall begun by an organised attack on the backbone of the internet, that you discover a result of the decades of environmental ignorance finally driving the natural systems to the point of collapse, resulting in economic and social system soon caught in a death spiral which you can view from numerous distinct characters, each with their own unique voice and problems you are sure to find one you cheer for and one you hate.
Dispersed throughout the tale are interludes giving an insight into how the rest of the world is failing.
The excellent vocal choice for the audio format bringing the story a more dramatic feel, it resonates with the terrifying shockwave prescience I have not since experienced since John Brunner's 1972 work The Sheep look Up.
Buy it, listen to it, tremble at its terrifying immediacy, my only caveat it could have used zombies.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 32 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 4 July 2019
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07T25H9YX
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)