Alas, Babylon

May 16, 2016

Author: Pat Frank.


“Alas, Babylon.” Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

A compelling post-apocalyptic survival story. More than the inferno and devastation men have brought to the world, this is a story about character and personality. A story about men who harden and adapt to a new world, and men who would rather die when everything they know is gone. There’s no quick, easy solution. No cavalry to come to the rescue. Their world is irrevocably changed, flung backwards in time, and Survive or Die is once more the motto.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Character thinks she catches another character spying on her with binoculars while she’s changing. “Everybody knew that Randy dated lots of girls, and not all of them virgins.” A couple of kisses. Describing a woman, character says her ‘hobby was men’. One unorthodox marriage.

Language: 26 d***, 11 derogatory names, 4 hell

Violence: Multiple nuclear bombs are dropped off-screen; although the effects are not directly seen, characters know most of their country is destroyed and millions of people dead. Character remembers being beaten as a boy. Sees a woman in car crash, dead. Character slaps another, hard. Character commits suicide with a bullet to the head. Various characters die of radiation poisoning. Character badly beaten up by high way men. Couple of highwaymen shot in a battle.


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