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Soft Apocalypse

av Will Mcintosh

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Follow the journey of a tribe of formerly middle-class Americans across the Southeast, as the competition for resources pulls the United States' previously stable society apart.
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    Trajectories av Julian Rathbone (isabelx)
    isabelx: "This is how the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper." Economic collapse rather than nuclear war.
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Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh was not as good as Grave Goods….at all. Actually it kinda sucked. The story followed one man and his “tribe” as they struggled to survive in a world that is slowly destroying itself with designer viruses, food shortages, revolutions, rebellions, and straight up violence. Yet during all this the main character (who’s name i have COMPLETELY forgotten) is more focused on his lack of love and all he really does is cry. It was boring, annoying and very anti-climatic (word of the day lol). I’m amazed I finished it, and thankfully it was a free book. ( )
  artdamnit_reads | Jul 29, 2020 |
I think I may have just found my favorite dystopian SF. Maybe not as good as, say, The Postman or The Stand, maybe, but out of all the last decade's dystopian runs, I like this because of the freaking REALISM.

What? So it's like The Road?

NOPE. Not gritty like that. The title is okay but it really should be named SLOW Apocalypse. This is how it will probably land on us. You know, putting a frog in a pot and set the temp to low. This is how the world ends. Not with a bang... but a whimper.

We're damn suckers for that kind of destruction. :) We might not like to admit it, of course, and all these dystopias like the plagues and the radiation and the zombie outbreaks... but what happens when we run out of resources and our natural cupidity and incompetence drags us down?

The usual. Death. Destruction. But what will it REALLY be like? Especially if it's SLOW?

People will adjust to the new norms. Try to have relationships. Grumble about the new depression. Perform hugely boneheaded stunts. Eventually, run out of road. And all the while, just trying to get by.

That's REALISM for you. Doing good where you can or letting it all rot, trying to find a bit of happiness in the crap and sticking with friends where you find them. No huge rape-fests. No blowout fight of good versus evil. There are still dicks with guns and politicians without a clue and nuclear warheads going off in this novel, but events are spread out as the apocalypse comes to a full boil. You wake up from your 1950's dream to see the 1980's. You wake up from your 1980s' dream to see the 2010's. Only it's worse. Much, much worse.

You still hungry? Trying to sell a few tampons for a piece of bread? How about all that murdering of illegal immigrants by the trainload?

Oh, yeah, this is rather timely. And you know what? It's very realistic. It might even be happening to us right now. How's that for scary?
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Although I really appreciate what this author was trying to do, and there were some powerful moments in Soft Apocalypse, I admit that I had a hard time getting into this book and then sticking with it. There were points when the writing was awkward, and then there were also a lot of moments that felt built for shock value--some of which I found far more disturbing than believable even though I generally enjoy really dark reads. Those dips into shock value--which included violence against animals--are probably enough that I won't consider reading more of McIntosh's work in the future, although the world was interesting and the main characters were, for the most part, pretty believable.

Still, I wanted more. It felt like this book was built more on idea/concept and shock than plot, and while I can accept and appreciate that that may be part of the point, given what the book is about, it didn't really work for me. As post-apocalyptic tales go, there's a lot of originality to admire here, but I just can't say it's a book I'd recommend. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Jun 21, 2019 |
I have to say that I didn’t much enjoy this one. I read this because last month I read Love Minus Eighty. In that book, one of the characters refers to the ‘soft apocalypse’ and the author had a book by that same name so I thought I’d give it a try. I really enjoyed Love Minus Eighty.

This book felt overdrawn and overwrought and it was less than 250 pages in length. A short book shouldn’t feel laborious but I found it a real chore to get through. The characters did not capture my attention or care and Jasper, the main character, was flat out annoying. The whole of the book he’s searching for someone to date. I couldn’t care. The other characters were flat and I truly had to remind myself often who was whom because they were so stock and interchangeable. I liked the idea of the book with society crumbling and pockets of what’s left of civilsation and roving tribes but not enough to make up for the characters. The end though, was actually good or maybe I was just glad it was all over. It was a little sad but pragmatic and I found that I wasn’t at all worried about Japer and the rest of the tribe. They had run their course with the trials presented to them and so had I with the book. I’d read books my McIntosh again but I am glad that this wasn’t the first book of his that I tried as I might not feel the same. ( )
  anissaannalise | Feb 28, 2018 |
Near future SF where the US goes downhill slowly, rather than quickly. With some reservations, i enjoyed it. Loved that it focused on people struggling to get by, none of whom were movers or shakers. Liked them as characters as well. Reservations were that many of the connected stories in the book were more or less about finding a girlfriend for the majn character. Second was a pretty overused cliched ending. ( )
  KingRat | Oct 25, 2017 |
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