Book Review: Swan Song

Post apocalyptic novels have grown in popularity since the early 2000’s. Before its rise to fame, that genre had some books written about it and we will be reviewing one such book today called Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon.

After a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union takes place, we see a ravaged United States. Wrestler Josh Hutchins’s car breaks down at a gas station in Kansas and he meets a nine-year-old girl named Sue “Swan” Wanda and her mother. They take shelter in a basement to survive the imminent nukes.

This is the beginning of a long journey as Josh discovers Swan is not an ordinary girl. It is up to him to help Swan and himself survive and find other survivors. Besides surviving against deranged people, Josh and Swan are being pursued by a man with a scarlet eye.

Both parties are planning for a battle that will decide the fate of humanity. Josh must find alleys and rebuild civilization and take it back from the chaos and disorder. But with a villain that is not human, Josh must help Swan realize her potential while also protecting as she is humanity’s last hope.

An interesting fact that is relevant is that the scenario in the book almost happened in real life. The United States and the U.S.S.R. have never got along well and the U.S.S.R almost launched nukes at the U.S. McCammon decided to use that event for his novel and we are glad he did.

I enjoyed Swan Song but it is a big book with 960 pages in paperback. There are a lot of characters and a lot of stuff happening. So if you need a book to read for the next two weeks, then this is definitely for you.

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