I have always had a feeling that the world will come to an end, not that every living thing will die, but more like the world as we know it will end. What do you think that “new” world would be like? I have been contemplating whether or not this will happen in my life time, because if it does I need to prepare. Not sure how long or for how long I would/could survive, I like to think it would be longer and more comfortable than most. Because of this fascination with the ever impending apocalypse I have always been a fan of books or audiobook about the chaos that really is just around the corner. Plaguesville, USA boasts that is is the “Best Apocalyptic Novel Ever”, now that is quite the claim. I am hoping for zombies, of course, but I really do not know what to expect.
I must say that I had really high expectations for Plaguesville, USA, I really need to learn that doing this will ruin many very good audiobooks before even listening. I was expecting an action packed, no holds bared assault on the human condition. Plaguesville, USA was a slow moving, violent and vulgar apocalyptic version of the Wizard of Oz and I never would have made this comparison if it wasn’t for characters referencing it from time to time. I think the only reason I continued to listen was, I knew something awesome was about to happen. Unfortunately when Plaguesville, USA ended I felt empty inside because this could have been something incredible.
Fleet Cooper is an incredible narrator, creating many easily identifiable character voices and delivering emotion and obliviously crazy personalities effortlessly. If I didn’t know better I would have bet my life that there were no less than 5 different narrators, that’s how different his voice was at times. About half way through I couldn’t help thinking the Cooper’s chosen voice for Justin made me, well, think of Ben Stiller in Zoolander, I would love to hear your thoughts on this. This is my first audiobook narrated by Cooper and will not be my last. He was able to keep me engaged no matter what was happening or not happening in the story.
The year is 2075, and the vast majority of humanity is dead.
The global outbreak of a new strain of virus wiped out over 99% of the population. The lone hope rests on the slim, unready shoulders of Dr. Justin Kaes and a small team of specialists from the Center for Disease Control. The researchers have discovered a cure for the plague in the blood of a cantankerous 102 year old. But there’s one minor problem: the old man couldn’t care less whether humanity lives or dies. And he most certainly doesn’t feel like going on a road trip to sunny California.
On the way to the coast lie murderous tribes, cults, voracious animals, and the toxic remains of civilization. They face a world gone backwards, technology and industry reduced to rusting garbage. Their mission seems doomed. But there are a few decent souls still out there, citizens of Plaguesville, USA.
©2011, 2012 Jim LaVigne (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
What the Critics Say
“LaVigne offers the reader an incredibly well-developed post-apocalyptic America that haunts the imagination well after the last page is turned.” (Jessica Meigs, author of The Becoming)
“Imagine Fallout mixed with Doomsday and Mad Max but with the violence, intrigue, and horror on overdrive; boil it down and you have the best apocalyptic novel ever.” (Eloise J. Knapp, author of The Undead Situation)
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