This haunting debut from a brilliant new voice is sure to be as captivating as it is controversial, a shocking look at the imminent collapse of American civilization—and what will succeed it.
In the aftermath of the switch from analog to digital TV, an anarchic movement known as Salvage hijacks the unused airwaves. Mixed in with the static’s random noise are dire warnings of the imminent economic, political, and social collapse of civilization—and cold-blooded lessons on how to survive the fall and prosper in the harsh new order that will inevitably arise from the ashes of the old.
Hiram and Levi are two young men, former Scouts and veterans of countless Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Now, on the blood-drenched battlefields of university campuses, shopping malls, and gated communities, they will find themselves taking on new identities and new moralities as they lead a ragtag band of hackers and misfits to an all-but-mythical place called Amaranth, where a fragile future waits to be born.
Media studies professor Bradley crafts an exceptionally polished debut, carefully negotiating the balance between inspiration and story. In the small university town of Slade, Tex., two college friends are inspired by the cryptic messages that various malcontents broadcast via graffiti and the abandoned analog airwaves. Pseudonymous "Hiram" and "Levi" decide to write their own survival manifesto based on The Book, a survival narrative that encourages its readers to spell out a story and set of rules that attempt to justify the actions they take in a society without traditional boundaries, rules, or structures. When the chaos of the unspecified Event hits, Hiram and Levi implement their plan and use skills learned from the Boy Scouts, D&D, and mythology to improve their odds of survival as they collect companions and head for their chosen haven. Falling somewhere between The Lord of the Flies and The Zombie Survival Guide, this dystopian ditty will generate passionate readership and spirited "what would you do?" conversations.
Two numbs down. Finished a third of it and quit.
Great read. Looking forward to reading your other two books.