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  • Writer's pictureDede Holverson

Book Review: Empty by Suzanne Weyn

Updated: May 7, 2021

What would happen if the world's oil reserves were to finally run out? That is the question addressed in the book Empty by Suzanne Weyn. Readers are reminded that no oil means more than no gas. Without delivery trucks, no gas means no food, no heat, no electricity, and more. Add in a catastrophic "superhurricane", and chaos ensues. Three classmates: Gwen, Tom, and Nikki, come together to ride out the storm and survive.

I rate this book 3/5 because it was a quick and fun read, but the characters lacked much substance, and I felt the author was trying to do too much by combining global warming (superhurricane) and the depletion of fossil fuels in a short novel with sprinkles of friendship and love. Too many ideas, yet none of them were fully developed.

Still, it was fun and quick without too much thought or feelings of guilt that often come with such heavy topics.


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