On the Beach
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On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he had emigrated to Australia. It was published in 1957.
The story is set in what was then the near future (1963, approximately a year following World War III). The conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing all animal life. While the nuclear bombs were confined to the northern hemisphere, global air currents are slowly carrying the fallout to the southern hemisphere. The only part of the planet still habitable is the far south of the globe, specifically Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, and the southern parts of South America, although all of these areas are slowly succumbing to radiation poisoning as the fallout continues to circulate southwards.
On the Beach
Excellent book! One of my all-time favourites!
Bleak but beautiful!
Although the subject of the book is extremely bleak, this is an amazing story with characters that you will become attached to. This is my all time favourite book! A must read!
A Worthwhile Read
A different take on life in a post apocalyptic world. It wasn't my favorite tale of life at the end of the earth, but that isn't really a knock on the book, it offered an alternate view on how things may be when all hell breaks loose, and for that it's worth a read. The way it portrays what is ultimately most important to the characters is quite compelling. A good read.