Darkness and Dawn

George Allan England
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Darkness and Dawn


tl;dr: Read this only for the historical value, both in the writer's perspective and the quality and style of SF in the second decade of the 20th century.

This century-old trilogy reads as a quaint, overly flowery and heroic toned story of a new Adam and Eve in a dminished variant of the future Earth. The premise is not well explained, and the courses of action less sensible than one would expect from a more thoroughly researched production. The ending is rushed and melodramatically wonderful, and leaves much unresolved.

Overall, you'll get the feeling this trilogy reminds you of the classic Saturday afternoon movie serials. In nearly every chapter the hero faces almost certain doom to escape in near miraculous fashion, only to face yet another more horrific crisis.

Still, if you can stomach several hundred pages of melodramatic language and heroic derring-do, lightly sprinked with some antiquated views on women, relationships, behavior and culture, there is a passably interesting story here, set nicely in the environs of a destroyed New York City and places to the west.