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False Dawn [Paperback]

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Babbage Press (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930235100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930235106
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,393,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
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
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!
8 of 10 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
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 13 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
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.
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.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tired Story Aug. 24 2000
By Mistrmind - Published on Amazon.com
As post-appocalyptic fiction goes, Yarbro's "False Dawn" is medicore at best. I felt as if I had entered the story
in the middle of a situation that I new nothing about. It felt like the story started somewhere in the middle and
that I missed out in some previous background history. The story from there deals with mutants, pillaging, rape, as the main characters of Thea and Evan search for a sanctuary. Thea and Evan move from situation to situation as they try to survive one encounter after the other. The appocalypse, though never really explained in any detail appears to be a series of events over a 30 year period, from evironmental disasters, to chemical spills, to limited nuclear war. As quickly as the story starts, does it mysteriously end, as if the author didn't really know how to end the story, or have some sort of conclusion for the characters. Like an elusive sanctuary, there is an elusive ending to Yarbro's story.

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