The Long Trek Home is Bill Slack’s post-apocalyptic adventure story that was released just three weeks ago. It is the first offering in Colleagues Literary Creations, a hopefully frequent feature on my blog.
The Long Trek Home chronicles twenty-nine-year-old Shell Watson’s struggles after astronomical and man-made disasters end civilized society in the United States. The book focuses on his adventures as he trudges with Marnee, the young woman who joins him after a few chapters, from the northeastern US to the Colorado Rockies. But this is no raughty romp as they focus on survival in the early going from Pennsylvania to the Mississippi River. They search for food and water as they cross a desiccated, barren landscape almost devoid of people or any remnants of their once industrial world.
Their early struggles reminded me of Part One of Earth Abides, a famous old post-apocalyptic novel where the hero travels through a depopulated American landscape.
West of the Mississippi, conditions improve and Shell and Marnee encounter survivors establishing new community structures that incorporate elements of the old technological society.
From the descriptions on the book’s back cover, I expected more insights into how a post-apocalyptic world might function. We don’t get that. Rather, we’re treated to a strangely appealing look into survival in a world that’s a mix of pre-industrial and industrial elements. Our neo-pioneers’ story is told in simplistic language (grade level 2 or 3 on the reading age scales) that works well for what’s essentially an adult version of a Boy’s Own Adventure. No George Orwell here, this is a humane and uplifting tale.
A Long Trek Home is available on Amazon
It’s well worth a read.