Reading for the End of the World: Luminous and Ominous, by Noah K. Mullette-Gillman

30 Dec

The Apocalypse is so in.  Not only do we have just one year left before the Mayan End-of-Days (unless the Singularity happens first, which would be epic), but end of the world scenarios are everywhere in popular culture: Justin Cronin’s The Passage was a major bestseller this summer (I was reading it on my Kindle in Greece, for goodness’s sake), and on tv we have AMC’s new original series The Walking Dead.

Whether it’s by vampires, zombies, robots, rapid pole shifting or the wrath of God, there’s plenty of Apocalypse to go around.  Which is why I’m getting out the Kindle for Noah K. Mullette-Gillman’s latest novel, Luminous and Ominous (Nov 2010).  From the book description:

If you had three days’ warning of the end of civilization and a safe place to hide: What would you take with you? Who would you save? And who would you leave behind?

Henry Willingham and his friends have three days to make the most terrifying decisions of their lives. The world has been infected by an inescapable living nightmare of alien vegetation that will replace all life on Earth. They must get everyone they love safely underground into a fallout shelter. There’s not enough time. There’s not enough room for everyone. Who will they save? Who will they leave behind? How will they live with the consequences?

After hiding underground for a year, the last three survivors must brave the otherworldly infestation and travel through what used to be upstate New York struggling for their lives and their humanity.

I very much enjoyed Mullette-Gillman’s last book, The White Hairs, as you may recall, so making Luminous and Ominous my first review of the New Year’s kind of a no-brainer.  Oh, and for another really selfish reason: my self-esteem soared when I opened up (virtually, I mean), the front cover.  On the “Praise for The White Hairs” page, the Scattering got quoted.  I’m friggin thrilled.  We’ll just have to see if this newest novel’s worth praising too.

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