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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Hegland Narrator: Alison Elliot Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Eva, eighteen, and Nell, seventeen, are sisters, adolescents on the threshold of womanhood - and for them anything should be possible. But even as Eva prepares for an audition with the San Francisco Ballet and Nell dreams of her first semester at Harvard, their lives are turned upside down and their dreams are pushed into the shadows. In a nation suddenly without electricity or communication, Eva is compelled to dance alone to the music of memory, and Nell's education consists of reading the encyclopedia, devouring knowledge as if it were her last meal. Theirs is an age of darkness and terror.

A distant war rages overseas. Resources society had depended on, such as gas and electricity, are no longer available. Riots spread through the inner cities, while deadly viral infections spread across the countryside. Isolated in their home in the northern California woods, Eva and Nell live in a world without television or phones, in a time of suspicion and superstition, of anger, hunger, and fear. Perhaps on day the lights - and their dreams - will return, but orphaned by their parents' deaths and by society, Eva and Nell have been left to forage through the forest, and through their past, for the keys to survival. As they blaze a path into the forest and into the future, they become pioneers and pilgrims - not only creatures of the new world, but the creators of it. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/19/2011

    " Another post-apocalyptic novel that I really enjoyed. Better get used to not having electricity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 4/4/2011

    " Couldn't get into so I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veda | 3/26/2011

    " A short book, but a real page-turner. I loved that the ending was not predictable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Briana | 3/19/2011

    " This book remains one of the most influential of my youth. It introduced me to the concept of self-sustainability in a youth-centric, fun-to-read way - definitely recommended, although may be more of a "chick book"! LOL "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/7/2011

    " A literary dystopia. Very fine writing. Sensitive treatment of characters and an almost dreamlike (not dreamy) ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 3/7/2011

    " A little weird--but by and large, it rung true for me. This story of two sisters, survivors of a quiet, gradual apocalypse, is actually a little unnerving because it's so easy to imagine it really happening. The writing was clear and precise and the ending was a perfect mix of triumph and sadness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malia | 3/1/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. But there was one paragraph that threw me off... Why must that have been in it? I don't exactly see that as plausable. The rest of the story was very intruiging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ike | 2/7/2011

    " Pretty good read. Interesting take on post apocalyptic from a human perspective, but kind of a stupid ending. Great until the last chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimi | 1/27/2011

    " This is one of the few books I own that I have read more than once. I love it. "

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About the Author
Author Jean Hegland

Jean Hegland is the author of The Life Within: Celebration of a Pregnancy. She lives with her husband and three children in northern California on fifty-five acres of second-growth forest. She is at work on her next novel, which explores the issues of motherhood.