Empty by Suzanne Weyn

Title: Empty
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Details: Hardcover, 192 pgs.
Published: Oct. 1st, 2010 by Scholastic
isbn: 0545172780 (ISBN13: 9780545172783)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Won in contest

Description: 

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.
Teens like Niki, Tom, and Gwen may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again.

My Thoughts:

After I finished this book I went and read all the reviews.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  And yes, there were some ugly.  Man, some people are MEAN!  The thing is I really liked the book!  I’m all about green living.  I don’t have the resources to be as green as I’d like, but it’s something I think about.  And the idea of us running out of oil is not really so far fetched.  I think it’s a great subject to bring up to kids if only for them to just be a bit more conscious of what could happen and maybe appreciate things we have more while thinking of life without those things.
I thought the characters in this book were good.  Maybe the dialog wasn’t the best but it wasn’t something I’d noticed until I read someone’s review going on about how awful it was.  It wasn’t awful.  Clearly they haven’t read a truly awful dialog in a book.  This was just so-so, but your so occupied with everything else it’s easy to not be bothered by it.  I was more immersed in what each person was doing to get by.
Another thing people complained about was that they felt the author was preachy.  I didn’t feel like she was preachy, but at times it felt a bit too textbook.  It wasn’t blended in so well so it felt like a bit of a nonfiction book thrown in.  It was short pieces of a paragraph or two and I was interested in it, so I liked it.  I’m not marking it down for that.  But I can see how some may not like it as much.
I think this book is a fantastic way to get out there in a fiction book about something that could so easily happen in our future.  This is a book I would buy and give away to everyone I know so they can consider stocking up on canned foods and maybe take at least a few steps in preparing for this or something similar.

You can find Suzanne Weyn at her website.
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Comments

  1. I have never heard of this book before but it sounds pretty cool! I know what is going on this weeks “On My Wishlist”! Thanks for the great review!
    ;)

  2. I read Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn, which everyone seemed to love, and I was just sort of.. ehh.

    But this one sounds very interesting. Definitely something I’ll look out for.

    Jane
    janestoryblog.blogspot.com

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