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False Dawn [Mass Market Paperback]

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro


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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very real and scarey possibility. April 14 2009
By Meredith Folsom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I chanced upon this science fiction novel decades ago and it lingered as a tantalizing portrayal of post-apocalyptic survival. I recently have been reading William Cronon's "Changes in the Land" for a class on historical interpretations and remembered this book, so bought a copy here on Amazon. Its about ecological failure on the grand scheme and what the implications are for society - complete collapse and anarchy, might makes right until its all over. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is a great writer and deserves attention.
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