You can now place requests for physical library materials on this website. Be advised that items recently returned to the library may continue to appear on your account for a few days. For the safety of library customers and staff, returned materials are quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked in. Please contact your local library for hold pickup instructions, or to ask any questions about returned items.

Thirst : a novel

by Warner, Benjamin,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Fiction FICTION Warner
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FICTION Warner
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Warner
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Warner
Monroeville Public Library Fiction WARNER BENJAMIN
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction

On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the streambed is gone. Something is very wrong.

When he arrives home, the power is out and there is no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, have gone dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbors while a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air.

Thirst takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster--the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In contemporary speculative fiction, story lines featuring rampant zombies and other improbable, postapocalyptic horrors alternate with subtler scenarios. First-time novelist Warner takes the latter approach in a blend of ecofiction and science fiction as he portrays an East Coast couple devastated by the abrupt and unexplained disappearance of water. After an endless expressway traffic jam forces him to abandon his car and hoof it back to his suburban home, Ed Gardner begins noticing some odd environmental anomalies on his walk. Rivers and ponds that were filled with water just days ago are now dry with ash and surrounded by lifeless trees. When Ed finally reconnects with his wife, Laura, the two quickly find themselves confronting meager water rations, a baffling absence of emergency services, and a neighborhood descending into social chaos, with dehydration swiftly testing their sanity and civility. Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006), Warner's spare, chilling tale paints an unsettlingly realistic picture of society on the brink and the grim choices ordinary people might have to make when faced with the urgent need to survive.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Warner's debut novel is the story of a young married couple, Eddie and Laura Chapman, and their fight for survival after a mysterious power outage and the sudden, inexplicable absence of drinkable water. Eddie is caught in traffic when the disaster strikes; he decides to abandon his car and run the rest of the distance home. He encounters an unexpectedly dry streambed along the way, the first sign that something has gone terribly wrong, and when he finally makes it home, the full extent of the dire situation becomes clear. He's reunited with Laura and a few other neighbors who decide to wait for help instead of heading into the city. They all slowly succumb to a desperate thirst that threatens to unravel them both mentally and physically. The fight for water becomes increasingly desperate, and neighbors battle over resources with disastrous consequences. With a tight focus and a steadily increasing tension, the novel explores the limits of what we would give up of our humanity in order to survive. Warner achieves a chillingly claustrophobic atmosphere in which everything in the outside world becomes a threat. But in a market overflowing with post-apocalyptic stories, the novel never achieves the originality that it promises at the beginning, and the specific cause of the disaster remains frustratingly oblique. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Water -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2016
Language English
Description 286 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781632862150
Other Classic View