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Peak Oil based Survivalist novels

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A couple of months ago I read a book called 'Last Light' by Alex Scarrow which was an end-of-the-world story with a different premise from the usual tropes. Instead of a virus/zombies/nuclear was the sudden cessation of oil supplies - a rapid version of 'Peak Oil'.

What struck me about the book - and I'm still mulling over it - is how utterly fragile and dependent we all are on oil. It's in everything we use/eat/wear. And i have to say, the book scared the cr*p out of me.

I'm on the lookout for any other suvivalist/post apoc' books that use Peak oil/no oil as the premise to see whether Scarrow's claims that the world is this fragile is actually true, or just so much hot air to pump up the book's drama. I'm sort of hoping the man was exaggerating, because it has left me feeling decidedly uneasy about the world right now. :xeye:
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Sounds interesting. I think I'll give it a read. World Made by Hand: A Novel: James Howard Kunstler: Books
This book by Kunstler is about a world in which there is a collapse because of peak oil but so far there is nothing really about the process. I am about 1/2 way through and it is a worlthwhile read.
Liam, thanks for the book idea. I haven't read any novels along that line but have read 3 or 4 books in the past 6 months dealing specifically with Peak Oil...while the timelines vary, they are all leading to the same conclusion and it's not good. We'd always been sort of prepping but this idea, along with all the other things going on the the country and the world do lead to a sense of real urgency.
Have you checked out the peak oil website and forums? Pretty interesting stuff over there...a lot over my head. Not sure if I'm allowed to post links to other forums/websites so I won't.
If you were interested in the topic, here's some things you might want to google.

Albert Bartlett, population and arithmetic
Jay Hanson, dieoff
M. King Hubbert, 1956 Shell
Texas Railroad Commission

You should be able to come up with a lot of interesting stuff to read and watch from that list. None of it is conspiracy theory nonsense, it's very straightforward.
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