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The Dreamers

By Karen Thompson Walker, A disappointing novel about an epidemic in a college town

Early on in the The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, two college students discuss the Trolley Problem, a very popular thought experiment in ethical decision-making. It’s a scenario (would you kill one person to save five?) that has made its rounds again and again in academics, pop culture and in meme form, sometimes referred to …

                 

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller, A Poetic and Introspective Vision of a Post-Apocalyptic Future

The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller, is set in a post-apocalyptic near future where a virulent and aggressive strain of the flu has taken the lives of most of the population of the world, leaving the rest in fear of one another and desperate for survival. The survivors are few and usually those with some …

                          

Good Omens

By Neil Gaiman, A Comedic, Apocalyptic, Wonderful, Beloved Novel

“I mean, pointing out the Tree and saying ‘Don’t Touch’ in big letters. Not very subtle, is it? I mean, why not put it on top of a high mountain or a long way off? Makes you wonder what He’s really planning.” I recently found myself wanting some sort of inspiration (and faced with a …

           

The Age of Miracles

By Karen Thompson Walker, A Light Read About a World In Crisis

As Karen Walker Thompson’s The Age of Miracles opens, the world is in the initial stages of “the slowing” — a gradual decline in the speed of its rotation on the Earth’s axis. This is, of course, problematic, and sends our narrator Julia’s life into chaos, along with the rest of the world’s population. I …