Empty by Suzanne WeynEmpty by Suzanne Weyn


bySuzanne Weyn

Paperback | January 1, 2012

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A dystopic look at what happens to one American town when all the fossil fuels run out...

Civilization has just run out.

It's the future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. 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 come this fast. And in the small town of Sage Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope -there has to be hope-but there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a society that needs to be rethought. Niki, Tom, and Gwen may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again.

Suzanne Weyn is the author of Distant Waves and Reincarnation, as well as The Bar Code Tattoo and The Bar Code Rebellion. She lives in New York
Title:EmptyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.02 × 5.25 × 0.39 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545172799

ISBN - 13:9780545172790


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Empty I really enjoyed this book! It was a lot of fun and a simple enough read. And interesting problem.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the most realistic book It was overly simplistic and gave an unrealistic solution to the world's most complex problem at the moment. The author was not as informed as they could have been concerning the environmental crisis. The reason this book even got two stars from me was because of the likability of the characters and some moments of suspense throughout the story.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. Could have been better The book had all the things I wanted when I felt like reading about the world going down the drain and what happens when stuff hits the fan. So naturally, I picked this one up. It’s a short read, as it’s less than 200 pages. I wish I could like it more. Yet I couldn’t. Although the situation is realistic and could be very possible, I just couldn’t get into this book. It was dry, and the characters weren’t that great to begin with. There’s also a potential love triangle but the characters just were not likable and there was absolutely no chemistry with any of them that it was almost painful to read. The plot itself was okay, the subject matter interesting but it just did not have enough to really engage me as a reader. It could be also because the bland characters just didn’t do enough to make the plot flow successfully. It does get a little preachy towards the end, with the environment speech - however I have to add that house and how it was made was very interesting and if only houses like that could be made all throughout, perhaps this type of situation could be avoided. I’d say take this book or leave it. It is a short read, but because of the dry plot and the blandness of characters the reading took a bit longer than I expected. The idea is unique but more should have been done to make it a more engaging book to read.
Date published: 2012-01-25

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Empty:

"The realistic and thought-provoking scenario is packaged into a speedy
read" - Booklist

"Weyn's future has a grimly plausible feeling to it that will draw in readers." - SLJ