This novel by John Christopher was a great read and right up my street of literature … which is good as it’s part of my dissertation research. But for that reason, I’m going to keep this short but sweet as I don’t want to get bored of this book as I’m sure I’ll be coming back to it a lot next year.
So what’s it about?
There’s a grass virus which is developing and spreading and killing crops across the globe. England soon begins to lose its crops too and rely on the transportation of goods from other countries. But when these countries too begin to become under threat of the virus the food supplies stop coming. England is left to fend for itself but the government don’t let the people in the know to reduce the spread of panic and to allow their own corrupted plans to take action. But rumours spread and citizens start fleeing citizens towards the countryside. The narrative follows John and his family and friends all fleeing to his brothers farm in hope of food and protection but they’ve a long way to travel and many dangers to avoid ….
What did I think?
As I’ve kinda already said: I loved it. Christopher is great at keeping the suspense up to keep you engaged as a reader making this book a very easy read but he also knows when to lighten it up with a little bit of Humor. For that reason it was perfect holiday reading when I went camping in exmoor. If ya missed that blog post it’s here: https://abislifeinwriting.home.blog/2019/08/11/injured-in-exmoor/Here is me and mum reading in the car hiding from the rain:
I love reading dystopias and apocalypses’ and Death of Grass fell perfectly into this category. AND as it’s an environmental apocalypse it’s perfect research for my dissertation. Win Win.
Let me know what you’ve been reading recently in the comments and if you have any recommendations for me.
Hopefully you’ve had chance to get some reading done over this gorg bank holiday weekend. Enjoy the last couple of days x