Empty by Suzanne Weyn

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A dystopic look at what happens to one American town when all the fossil fuels run out...

It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.

Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.

About Suzanne Weyn

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Suzanne Weyn is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 50 titles to her credit, including The Bar Code Tattoo and novelizations of the Scooby-Doo movies and Ice Princess.
Published October 1, 2010 by Scholastic Press. 196 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Ten years from now,” five young Hudson Valley residents led by Gwen, a parentally abandoned teen hiding behind a punk persona, struggle to conduct normal social lives as dwindling petroleum resources shoot the price of gas toward triple figures, even basic commodities become locally hard to get,...

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The message is an important one – our rapidly depleting natural resources (petroleum) – and it is driven home on every page of the book.

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Though the relief effort fiasco would be accurate, the fact that Weyn develops her own science for storm behavior is a bit disconcerting.

Nov 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Empty

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She brings into focus the everyday changes a life with no oil will bring, such as the loss of hot showers, eye contacts, medicine, driving to the store, emergency assistance and cell phones.

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It is a short read, but because of the dry plot and the blandness of characters the reading took a bit longer than I expected.

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