Supervolcano

Supervolcano

Eruption

Book - 2011
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Yellowstone National Park sits on a hotspot: a plume of molten rock coming up from deep inside the earth capable of volcanic eruptions far greater than any that have occurred in times past. It has been silent for many years, providing false security for a nation unprepared for the full force and fury of nature unleashed.

It begins with explosions that send lava and mud flowing far beyond Yellowstone towards populated areas. Clouds of ash drift across the country, nearly blanketing the land from coast to coast. The fallout destroys crops and livestock, clogs machinery, and makes cities uninhabitable. Those who survive find themselves facing the dawn of a new ice age as temperatures plummet worldwide.

Colin Ferguson is a police lieutenant in a suburb of Los Angeles, where snow is falling for the first time in decades. He fears for his family who are spread across America, refugees caught in an apocalyptic catastrophe where humanity has no choice but to rise from the ashes and recreate the world...

Publisher: New York : New American Library, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780451413666
9780451464200
Branch Call Number: General fiction T PBK
TUR
Characteristics: 420 pages ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: Eruption

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monikak1
Aug 01, 2012

The book is good but definitely not science fiction per se. Yellowstone Park becoming a supervolcano is the only science link. Mostly the book is a fiction novel about relationships, marriage, kids in college.

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r1951
May 28, 2012

Excellent extrapolation of possible events in the first year after the world-wide disaster: tens of millions dead or dying and (for most of North America) an economy equivalent to Haiti, but with a polar climate. To see what an American might have to do about 60 years later, read "All the lives he led" by Frederik Pohl. P.S. In the following decade 1-3 billion dead from starvation, exposure and war before a new world stability ( based in Asia) is formed.

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ghmck
Feb 14, 2012

If you're familiar with the structure of many of Turtledove's books, this one will seem familiar. I like it, but anticipate a year-long wait for ( my guess ) Supervolcano:Aftermath, and another for ( I hope ) Supervolcano:Recovery.

The characters are generally likeable and interesting as the author takes them through the lead-up and first year or so of the aftermath of the Yellowstone hot-spot's revitalization.

I would hope that the US government's blindness to the warning signs is simply a plot device, but Katrina suggests that it is a reasonable assumption.

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RickDemon
Jan 08, 2012

Not a bad book but it got bogged down in minute detail of side issues. Didn't really have an end to the book, it just stopped. Didn't wrap up the scenario.

mikeyppl Dec 08, 2011

I,m slightly dissappointed with this book. I/ve read some of his other series, The War That Started Early, Colonazation, World War, and found them quite entertaining. It seems to me that he just mailed this one in.

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