Malevil Author:Robert Merle In an isolated French chateau, a group of friends have gathered. While they taste the wine in the deep cellar, a nuclear explosion incinerates the earth. They are survivors, Robinson Crusoes of a dead world, condemed to go back to man's roots and reinvent the means of existence, the ancient forgotten skills of primeval man. Follow these loving, ... more »hating, hoping, fearing human beings as they try to build a new and better world - and as necessity diverts them from defense to aggression in a hauntingly familiar pattern...« less
Another excellent post-apocalypse book. A small group of people survive a nuclear war and begin rebuilding civilization outside a ruined castle in France. A really thorough exploration of how human communities form,how humans band together for survival, then lash out at others for the same reason. What do you do about the starving refugees who threaten your fragile food supply? How do leaders emerge, how do conflicts arise and resolve? Plenty of action and adventure, especially when the Malevil community, which is fairly open and democratic, confronts the totalitarian system that arises in a neighboring town. These nascent communities of survivors are the seed from which Earth will be repopulated and human society will be reborn. Which will prosper?