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False Dawn Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1979

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book to curl up with Jan. 24 2000
By "unicornwv" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book over 20 years ago. I still have the orginial hardcover book. Thea and Evan search for a place of haven,a safe harbor in a world gone wrong. The adventures are excellent and you really find yourself being drawn into their search and hoping they find a place to belong. I really wish another had been written to tell how they ended up.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Another good "Doomer" novel Aug. 25 2004
By Fruit Loop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Two people wander the earth after an unspecified apocalypse, struggling to survive in a world of complete anarchy. Cities are cesspools and troops of "pirates" reign unchecked. While not as good as Pat Frank's "Alas, Babylon" this is still an entertaining read, although definitely not for younger readers with its gritty violence and rape. The ending is somewhat unsatisfying as well with the fate of Thea and Evan left unresolved.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite stories of all time! Nov. 17 1999
By J. Aitken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The story pulled me right inside and I was there next to Thea and Evan. Sometimes brutal, but that is probably what it would be like under such circumstances. I would hope to be as brave. I first read it 20 years ago. I've still got the original copy from then, and I don't save very many books!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Post-Apocalyptic Survivalist "Romance" with Pirates and Brutality Nov. 25 2011
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The main character Thea is a mutant (nictating membranes over her eyes) in a world destroyed by an unknown apocalypse. Pirate-raiders roam the land, mutated animals fill the forests, and chemical/nuclear fallout from old army bases create deathtraps. The story is introduced "in media res" [in the middle of things] as Thea slinks away from a settlement in the aftermath of a pirate attack; it is clear she is a hardened traveler (as opposed to living in the settlement) by her attitude and equipment. She soon saves the life of a wounded man, Evan, who has lost an arm but is slowly regrowing it. They travel together.

Despite being raped by hostile forces during their journey, Evan and Thea grow closer. It turns out Evan has some past history with Pirates, and this adds an antagonist. Majority of the book is survivalist, as the two constantly escape from various evil people or mutated animals. This draws them together.

Overall I found the novel too unbelievable, I don't understand how the 'Pirates' could survive so long with the lack of crops and poisoned lands (even with cannibalism). The time-frame of the great disaster is over 20 years ago (got the impression Thea was born after), and no one anywhere has bothered to reorganize any functional society. The end also leaves nothing resolved in terms of both the 'romance?' and 'did they find a home?' questions.

Sorry I wasted the time reading; both world-builidng and plot were incomplete and glossed over.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Post-apocalypse with Pirates Aug. 25 2011
By Cheryl Stout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"False Dawn" is one of Yarbro's earlier novels telling of a bleak post-apocalyptic future.

Marauding Pirate gangs that don't give up, mutations (both planned and not), rapes, starvation, killer spiders, cold, volcanoes, killer monks.

While not the best P-A book I've ever read (nor the best Yarbro book), "False Dawn" held my interest and is a pretty fair example of one of the earlier tries at the genre.

NOTE: The cover on this version of the book - bloody wolf riding a motorcycle - has absolutely nothing to do with the book (but it looks cool).

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