Published by Harper Collins Genres: Classics, Fiction, General
"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.
The first time I read this book was for my ninth-grade English class. Now, fifteen or so odd years later, it’s still one of my favorite books.
Written in the ’50s during the height of the Cold War it explores what happens when mutually assured destruction actually occurs, centralized government is obliterated and a small town in central Florida has to survive on its own. For a YA book, it’s very real. There are no punches pulled on who might have survived on the ‘outside’. There are some flaws on how radioactivity actually works and affects objects and people, but I only know that because I used to teach Chemical/Bio/Nuclear Warfare Defense for the Air Force. Let’s just call it even with artistic license.
It is very very good. Everyone should read this, at least once.