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I think the book, 'On the Third Day' by Rhys Thomas is one to look out for, and is well worth a read. (ISBN 978-0-552-77496-3)

No spoilers bit;
It is a worthwhile read, and follows the characters through a relative TEOTWAWKI situation, in the form of an unknown illness (with knobs on).

The main focus that I drew from the content was the attitudes to the issues that are intrinsic to SHTF and disaster, namely how we will socially and mentally deal with it.

but it also includes practical issues (transport, food, long term sustainability) and social issues (nice people, nasty people, society, the government and dealing with them), along with some overtly survivalist philosophy and dialogue - to the extent that a conversation occurs between two characters regarding the fragility of society, with the sheeple perspective being counteracted by truly survivalist (or realist) understandings.

The book is set in Great Britain, and so has greater interest as little disaster fiction is written from this perspective, most being based either worldwide or in the United states- and while it does have an impact on the play out of the story line, it is still entirely relevant to American readers- with good study of the two poles that seem to be present when confronted with the issue of SHTF.

Spoilers bit!:

The reactions of the state in to the situation are an interesting outlook and less pessimistic than many similar books, but it still includes soldiers shooting innocent people and shady disease control practises. the 'sadness' also seems to be an allegory for a mental state that many perhaps are now in, or will enter come SHTF- the disengaged settling down to die, with some turning violent- though caused by the illness seems to me to simply be a way of the author presenting these ideas in a form that is more digestible to the common reader. The protagonist 'Miriam' plays out the role of sheeple, and Jacob plays the sensible survivalist (without saying it) role that constantly comes to loggerheads with her on issues of preparedness- even as the world around her shatters.
There is also discussion of interesting practical aspects- such as hardening a home, water collection, agriculture, and livestock. Talk of security procedures and social calamity.

Overall- a very good book.
the story, although imo simply a means to carry a not very well disguised message, still holds its own and remains engaging and lively, with well thought out characters and fine integration to the messages given. It benefits in this sense from modern and professional publishing and post production.
It provides some explanation, but not too much as to become tiresome.
As a novel- 7/10
As a novel with a good underlying message 9/10
Well worth a read.
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