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. Weyn’s near-future novel avoids many of the traditional dystopian trappings in Empty. Suzanne Weyn, Scholastic Press, $ (p) ISBN. Buy a cheap copy of Empty book by Suzanne Weyn. A dystopic look at what happens to one American town when all the fossil fuels run out Civilization has just.

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Empty by Suzanne Weyn

Aug 25, Smash added it Shelves: Aside from the cover which I find intriguing, but I don’t know how teens would find itI don’t see a whole lot of teen appeal unless they have a particular interest in fossil fuels. Their reactions to things, like their possible starvation and the destruction of their society, is almost non-existent.

She happens onto an alternate energy sourced home. The story was poorly developed with barely anything interesting happening.

That left towns living off of one gas station that they all shared, first come, first serve style. But I have to be honest- the more I read it, the more the reading felt like a chore, which is why it took me months to get through because I was more focused on reading more captivating novels.

Their reactions to things, like The blurb on the back, and the cover drew me in, but there wasn’t much else to like about this book. Which as a consequence overshadowed the one emptu that I liked about the book – how dependent we are on things such as oil and gas.

The author gives us a bleak yet inspiring empfy into a possible future. The information below is included in your interlibrary loan request. As it turns out, though, history decided to take a different course, thanks to a serendipitous, if transitory, flood of U. It reads like a pamphlet with quotation marks and characters randomly inserted to make it seem like a story. The situation deteriorates still further when there is yb report of two massive hurricanes barreling toward the eastern United States, which are threatening to merge into a single super hurricane.


Mar 09, Avery rated it liked it.

The town hears word of it and goes crazy trying to break in. I’ve always lived under the assumption that an author submits a manuscript and then the editor reads it and suggests revisions. After her house burns down because of blackmarket gas unsafely stored, she takes refuge in an abandoned mine.

Een zeer beangstigende doch realistische toekomstvisie. This is a hopeful wake up call sent out at the midnight hour to anyone who will listen.

Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be. Apr 04, Joe rated it liked it. The weather will heat up like it did in the book and create disasters. Jammer van de liedesdriehoek, maar de krantenartikels tussen de hoofdstukken maken een hoop goed.

Lelia is worried about surviving through winter with not only no heat, but no money since her family couldn’t work anymore. This book was good because it showed the importance of being conscious of the environment. I’d LOVE to see a dystopia novel where everyone breaks out their vague memories of “Little House on the Prairie” and of childhood boy scout lessons, and then people start experimenting mepty boiling water on the charcoal grill for bathwater, and figuring out how to cook food in their fireplace, but all we ever get from “Empty” is lectures masquerading as dialogue, teenagers crushing on each other, and everyone being completely clueless and helpless.


I felt as if I was learning about oil and what emty world would be like rather than reading an actual story The back of the book was more interesting than the whole story. It took me about 2 weeks to read this.

The cascading effect of our reliance on petroleum is laid bare in the events of the novel. View all 3 comments.

Empty by Suzanne Weyn (a Peak Oil Novel for Young Readers)

I believe it takes place in New York but the little town that was mostly the story in was called Sage Valley. The characters were distinguishable and capable, yet the plot didn’t really do them justice, so again, it was hard to care. Why does everyone in the area have a gasoline- or lithium-powered generator, but no one has ever even HEARD of a manual- or wind-powered generator?

If anyone finds out, she knows that she will be put into foster care. Return to Book Page. It felt more like a life lesson than it did a novel to sit back and enjoy.

I tried to like the book, but its flaws were numerous and glaring enough to keep me from getting absorbed in the story. Most of the children and adolescents I work with are completely clueless on world issues.