This is a tale of survival, non romantic love, devotion both to an idea and to a religion. The story is set after mankind has finally managed to drop the bomb and very nearly destroy itself. The brief period portrayed prior to the End is too much like the world we now see around us. The crisis quickly accelerates into world distruction. M.K. Wren does an amazing job of detailing the various stages of post nucular life over several decades. For those of us born in the shadow of The Bomb it is the stuff of nightmares. The two female characters are engaging and you will love them. If you love books you should read this novel. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about humanity surviving a global disaster. It will give you hope.
I'm a big fan of apocalyptic literature. This book was AWFUL. First, the author has an agenda and it's very obvious from the first chapter. I'm not a christian but her bias against, and bizarre portrayal of, this religious system jumps off the pages and slaps the reader right between the eyes; I don't read fiction to be lectured regarding philosophy and metaphysics. Then we get to the real MEAT of the matter: after global nuclear war, what can one expect to happen: nuclear winter, radiation sickness around the globe (i.e., "On The Beach"), failure of all life forms (no, you can't plant CROPS in Oregon after Portland and the entire USA has been incinerated), on and ON. I couldn't make it past the third chapter. If you want real apocalyptic reading material: "War Day" by (of all people) Whitley Streiber, "Earth Abides", "Alas, Babylon" and of course "The Last Ship".