Farnham's Freehold

Robert A. Heinlein
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Farnham's Freehold


This novel starts off with a bang - literally an atomic one. Libertarian veteran Hugh Farnham, family and guests are playing bridge when Hugh gets wind of an attack and hustles everyone into his fallout shelter. A third blast sends them all 2000 years into the future.

The first half of the novel is group survival and interrelations. Just as things begin to fracture the second half occurs, part racist dystopia and part Time Machine. I found neither half particularly well written, but felt compelled to read on. The reward was the last chapter, which I won't spoil here but will say scratched my particular itch.