Author: James Howard Kunstler
Category: Fiction, Post-apocolyptic
Synopsis [c/o B&N]: "With Kunstler makes an imaginative leap into the future, a few decades hence, and shows us what life may be like after these coming catastrophes—the end of oil, climate change, global pandemics, and resource wars—converge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is not what they thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy. And the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure. As the heat of summer intensifies, the residents struggle with the new way of life in a world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers replenished with fish. A captivating, utterly realistic novel, World Made by Hand takes speculative fiction beyond the apocalypse and shows what happens when life gets extremely local."
Um, not my favorite novel. Very well written, but the story line just didn't appeal to me, even as much as I love apocalyptic stories. The main characters are a diverse bunch, and very easy to relate to, but the eventual elected 'leader' just seems a little too human for my taste. We are generally attracted to strong and decisive people to lead us during crises, but this man seems to kind of fumble along despite the masses that need him to stand up and fight. Although Kunstler did a fantastic job presenting his tale, and while I'm sure it appealed to a different audience, my recommendation is to not waste your time. There are better books out there.