Through Darkest America

Through Darkest America Post Apocalypse AmericaBluevale was about all Howie had seen of the world Even his Pa who knew everything didn t know much about the way it was before the war Scriptures said all of the unclean anim

  • Title: Through Darkest America
  • Author: Neal Barrett Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780373303021
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Post Apocalypse AmericaBluevale was about all Howie had seen of the world Even his Pa, who knew everything, didn t know much about the way it was before the war.Scriptures said all of the unclean animals had been wiped out Howie didn t know what that meant exactly He d seen horses And stock of course Stock looked like humans Cept stock had no soul That s why thePost Apocalypse AmericaBluevale was about all Howie had seen of the world Even his Pa, who knew everything, didn t know much about the way it was before the war.Scriptures said all of the unclean animals had been wiped out Howie didn t know what that meant exactly He d seen horses And stock of course Stock looked like humans Cept stock had no soul That s why they was meat.Howie had a good life for a boy Then the soldiers came And what they did to his folks made him grow up right quick He got his revenge cept now the whole darn army was after him But he had a huge country to run across and lots of miles to stay alive.

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    • Todd says:

      If you finished reading Schindler's List and thought, "That was nice, but I'd like to read something REALLY depressing," then Through Darkest America is the book for you.

    • Charles says:

      A post-apocalyptic novel. Almost hard to believe this is by the same author who did the much lighter hearted Aldair books, which I loved. This one was absolutely brutal but very interesting. Be aware, though, that to get the whole story you really need to read the sequel as well, which is called "Dawn's Uncertain Light."

    • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room says:

      12 stars of 5!Perusing this novel’s foreword by acclaimed author Joe R. Lansdale really raised the bar of my expectations for this story. Mr. Lansdale calls Author Barrett one of the last true storytellers, and in my view this is highly accurate. I was immediately caught up in the tale, nearly a participant rather than an observer. There’s no question of suspension of disbelief in this tale; it occurs involuntarily. The painting Mr. Barrett sets out to create is incredibly detailed, a tapest [...]

    • SSteppenwolFF says:

      Just reread this Read it when I was in my twenties and when I recently found that there was a sequel I decided to read it again to refresh my memory Now I am on to "DAWN'S UNCERTAIN LIGHT" the sequel and I hope it is as good as the first book If you like post apocalyptic , frontier , boy off the farm , cowboy , civil war-like action then give this one a read Oh and by the way there is plenty of "free range" cannibalism here too EXCERPT "Bluevale was about all Howie had seen of the world. Ev [...]

    • David Watson says:

      Through Darkest America by Neal Barret Jr. is set in a post apocalypse America several years after a nuclear war. The star of the book is a 12 year old boy named Howie. Howie lives with his family on a farm. In this alternate reality there are no big cities anymore and there is no wildlife with the exception of birds which the holy scriptures call unclean and some strange hairy creatures called horses which are very different from the horses we know.Howie believes that the government is always r [...]

    • Empress says:

      Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has a "wild wild west" feeling to it and about as developed as the same era, but we quickly learn it's a very different world. No animals are left and alternative ways for providing meat exist. An alternative that will bother you throughout the whol book. We then get to know Hawie as a child. Until one day his world is turned upside down and he is provided with one choice "survive at all cost or die". I would have classified this as dystopia, but it concentra [...]

    • David says:

      It’s not very often that a fiction writer can make me cringe. Very little of what makes its way into print is even a tithe of the awfulness that is splashed across headlines and that is usually watered down to meet the demands of a public that has no tolerance for news that might be upsettingreandsword/2007

    • Steven says:

      Basically a post apocalyptic SF novel, that is basically western too. Extremely bleak, dark, and depressingd wonderful. The best part is that almost nothing good ever happens in this book.

    • Carol says:

      Oh wow, just wow! That was dark, very, very dark but wow! I'm a bit speechless.

    • Daniel Etherington says:

      SPOILERSSPOILERSI read Through Darkest America not knowing there was a sequel, so as I got deeper in I started getting confused about when a plot was going to really kick in. As a standalone, it's a strange book, basically a very grim coming-of-age for a farm boy named Howie. He's grown up on a farm that at the start seems fairly idyllic, considering it's 150 or so years after a War-capital-doubleyou. It's a kind of PA US neo-medievalism / neo-Wild West, not unlike that of Brin's The Postman BE [...]

    • S.A.A. Calvert says:

      This is one of those books that leave a deep, dark impression, From the moment when the lead character is introduced, through the destruction of his family, right up to the point where what has happened to his sister, really happened, not the seductive fantasy that she was sold, becomes impossible to ignoreA truly horrible plot, so well-written that you can't turn away. Like a car crash.

    • Jday says:

      I really liked this book.until the ending. Why are there so few authors that can write an ending that actually wraps things up in a decent.t way? I really think there was more the author could have done, but I'm just an armchair writer, what do I know?

    • Justin Smith says:

      Through Darkest America was Neal Barret Jr's first novel. What is best described as a post-apocalyptic adventure story is such a magnificent achievement. Shamefully the second book was not able to muster the same amount of oomph.

    • Rod says:

      Don't eat the meat!

    • Pete Kahle says:

      One of the most overlooked masterpieces of post-apocalyptic fiction. It starts off as a coming-of-age story and slowly evolves into a truly horrific, dystopian nightmare.

    • Jim says:

      Wow! An excellent book!

    • David Agranoff says:

      Fantastic novel - full review coming. This is a fantastic post Apocalypse, that also explores the issues of speciesism. Really happy to find out there was a sequel.

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