Through Darkest America: Through Darkest America

Neal Barrett, Jr., Author McGraw-Hill/Contemporary $15.95 (275p) ISBN 978-0-86553-184-0
Another in the new Isaac Asimov Presents series (see above), this provocative novel is set in a world that nuclear war has almost decimated of cities, technology and large animals. To replace farm livestock, the country's sole source of meat is genetically altered humans, without intelligence or speech. A distant civil war out west, its harsh taxes and harsher collectors, force Howie Ryder to flee his family's Tennessee farm. He falls in with outlaw Pardo, who signs on with a big meat drive only to rustle it and playsand preys onboth sides in running guns. Barrett's SF rendering of this latter-day civil war comes complete with a version of slavery, cavalry charges and a young boy representing the country's coming of age. The romantic narrative skillfully moves from a well-told if familiar story of war and the western frontier to areas of ambiguity and uncertainty that readers are left to answer for themselves. (June)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 256 pages - 978-0-373-30302-1
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