The Real Story of What Happens to America

Book - 2011
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June 12, 2030 started out like any other day... until a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond. The fallout from the earthquake national hope for the future against assurances from the past, in this all-too-believable imagining of where today's challenges could lead us tomorrow.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312583729
Branch Call Number: Fiction Brooks
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Twenty thirty


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Sep 02, 2016

What happens when the wealthiest nations run out of money, people live longer lives supported by the taxpayers, and babies are born with crushing debts they can never repay. An interesting premise, but the book never manages to quite live up to the possibilities in the story-line.

Jun 26, 2016

Good book, also as a thought experiment. Interesting conclusion.

cmlibrary_anickerson Jan 31, 2016

A thought provoking story that both engages and challenges the reader with an entirely possible vision of the future US.

Jul 10, 2013

This is a badly written book. The characters are shallow and stupid. The narrative fizzles halfway through and the book simply ends with no resolution to any of the significant points made in the beginning of the novel.

2030: America runs out of money and is absorbed by the new Chinese empire. (Epilogue: young dissidents are shot and everything falls apart)

jlevy111 Dec 07, 2012

Much too difficult to navigate

Jun 27, 2012

Disappointed in this book. The characterization was good but there was no action. The characters got boring after awhile. This book should have begun near the end and built up from there. Brooks brought some interesting characters (and a tad bit greedy) into the book near the end. Don't bother reading this book.

Dec 07, 2011

Don't waste your time on this book; Brave New World is a thousand times better.

Sep 16, 2011

Not usually a fan of futuristic, doomsday stuff, but I saw Albert Brooks on TV interviewing about this book and was intrigued. Book was well written and the story was believeable. It kept me engaged to the end.

Aug 31, 2011

I like humour and I like novels about futurism but this was dull. Brooks might be a funny stand up comedian but he isn't much of an author.

Aug 04, 2011

Read for our sci-fi book club - a little slow in parts, characters not that exciting. Takes current economic and social problems in US, adds the what if of elder-yuouth battles, a huge west coast earthquake, and new dependance on China for survival. Interesting concept, but not developed well. One minor one was kept going the whole book - but when Brad Miller was accidentaly shot in a terrorist takedown at the end - I didn't really care anymore. Didn't care for most of the characters.
As mentioned in the last issue, this is a rather depressing projection of America's current economic and social woes, forward to the year 2030, blending an ageing population, failing health system, skyrocketing debt, resentful youth, and a West coast earthquake. Given that premise, Brookes struggles to then build a plot to carry his message. Or to build characters, for that matter, as they all seem so shallow and unmotivated that when someone eventually survives - or dies - we don't really care. His premise is similar to FLOOD, by Stephen Baxter, which we read a while ago, the difference being that those in Baxter's world evolve and cope. Brookes' previous successes were all screenplays, which may have given him the connections to get this published. We'd suggest he stick with the screenplays.


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Jun 26, 2016

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Jun 26, 2016

An earthquake strikes Los Angeles. The government, sinking into more debt than the global GDP, cannot respond. Faced with the growing threat of youth revolutionary groups against the 'olds', this book follows the shared adventures of everyone's response, no matter what demographic they are in.


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Jun 26, 2016

2030 - It's closer than you think.


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