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Daybreak Zero (2011)

by John Barnes(Favorite Author)
3.56 of 5 Votes: 1
0441019757 (ISBN13: 9780441019755)
Ace Hardcover
review 1: Really enjoyed this book. I like the small snippets and continually changing locales and characters. The main viewpoint is of decent people, the kind we'd like to have rebuilding our country in the face of such a disaster. You want everything to be okay and it looks like it would be, if only we'd trust the good guys. Which makes it all that much more surprising and shocking when things don't turn out the way we'd like them to, the way we think they're going to. Case in point: the ultimate fate of natcon Cam Nguyen-Peters, one of the primary voices of reason in the splinter republic of Georgia, one of two main competing centers to be the new capitol of the United States. Cam has his main antagonist, General Grayson, seemingly talked into a very reasonable solution to their ... moremutual problems, which makes it all the more surprising when Grayson makes an unexpected choice that leaves everything dangling at novel's end. Hopefully there'll be another book in the Daybreak series to resolve things.
review 2: The premise: what happens when a nano tech is released that dissolves all plastics into a liquid state, and assorted other eco terrorism attacks, with an unnamed group's objective of reducing the world population to 100 million and moving to a hunter gather society. Makes Berkeley look like a John Birch stronghold in comparison. Barnes is a seriously under appreciated writer, but hard science novels in general are out of vogue these days. This is the second in a trilogy. less
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Not as good as the first, but still an interesting story over-all.
Now to wait for the sequel
Bad guys win too much!
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