Thursday, June 9, 2011

Top 10 Doomer Novels Number 5 - Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack (1993)

How the World Ends: Not really specified, but in America massive civil unrest and economic collapse swirl in the background and eventually envelopes the main characters.

Scenario: A 12-year-old girl begins writing in a diary just as the world begins to fly apart around her.

Coolness Factor: Lou Reed used to crab about the condition of New York City, but he never saw anything like this. Though the novel is not specifically about Peak Oil, the slow implosion of America described in its pages can easily be imagined to have been caused by it. The first person narrative is as gripping as it is harrowing and the ending is as dark as it is grittily realistic.

Likelihood of Scenario Coming True: 9 out of 10. I suspect that within another 10 years this visionary novel will read like a documentary.

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