While I'm a big Turtledove fan, this series is, as someone else put it, a dud.
My main problem is how little trouble this "mega disaster" causes. I wouldn't be surprised if the USA was in as bad of shape in ten or fifteen years WITHOUT such a disaster. With it, multiply the problems portrayed in this series by 50. I do wonder if, perhaps, that might have been the authors intent: Here's your near future and how to live in it, rather than anything to do with a big event.
My second biggest is that even with things being so (relatively) soft the book mostly follows folks who have it even softer... In terms of his war books: Rather than the equivalent of "front line" soldiers AND the home front, this book is just the home front. On the rare occasions when a character gets somewhere rough, they get back to soft (dull) land pretty quick.
A rare miss for the author. Who knew the end of the world would be this boring?
This is a great sequel to Supervolcano: Eruption, I could almost believe it had happened and the consequences for the world in general were pretty believable. If this eruption were to occur in our lifetime, this book is practically a blueprint for how people would be affected. I really got caught up in the individual stories played out against the bigger picture. I hope there will be a sequel in this series. Harry Turtledove is a master of the Alternate History/World genre. Days after finishing this book, I still find myself thinking about the characters and wondering how their individual stories will play out.
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