“Collapse” is a dystopian novel set in the near future—2027. America is in the second great depression, and is about to fall. The government is corrupt, and natural disasters have torn apart Florida and are after Texas. The story is told through many different character’s eyes, but the main three—Howard Beck, Richard Dupree, and Maxwell Harris—are the ones trying to save a falling America.
My favorite character was Howard Beck, the richest man in the world. His character was the most interesting to me, and a lot of his story was focused on futuristic technology. The author did a fantastic job on creating the futuristic setting, and Howard Beck’s character is the best representation of it. I really enjoyed his story, and his character was very likeable even though he wasn’t a people person.
For this novel, the setting IS the story. It makes the story what it is. In this book, the setting of the collapsed America sets up the main character’s destinies to meet each other, and also set up the conflict with the government.
Although I loved the book, I’d have to give it four stars. First of all, I’m not a big fan of dystopian—period. I find it depressing in a way, especially because a lot of it includes the truth about our modern society and how it could affect our future.
But with that said, I wasn’t very fond of Richard Dupree’s storyline, and sometimes the author would give too much information without involving story into it. But, I believe it was necessary, and the world he’s created is pretty amazing considering the thought that went into it. This book was a refreshing read, and I highly recommend it to all dystopian fans.