Hot beach reading

I was pretty impressed with John Birmingham’s Without Warning, a post-apocalyptic thriller that gets off to a great start when 98% of the continental U.S. population is vaporized by a Sudden Event. Birmingham energizes a fairly stock cast of characters with some intriguing speculations on what a world suddenly unmoored from any number of American underpinnings might look like. Bonus: I’m down to the last few  pages, seriously wondering how our author can wrap this baby up into ANY kind of ending when suddenly we find out this is part I of a trilogy. Kewl!  (Part II is After America, just out this month.) – Pete LeBar

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