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Praise for Empty:

"The realistic and thought-provoking scenario is packaged into a speedy

read" - Booklist

"Weyn's future has a grimly plausible feeling to it that will draw in readers." - SLJ

Praise for Empty:

"The realistic and thought-provoking scenario is packaged into a speedy

read" - Booklist

"Weyn's future has a grimly plausible feeling to it that will draw in readers." - SLJ

Praise for Empty:

"The realistic and thought-provoking scenario is packaged into a speedy
read" - Booklist

"Weyn's future has a grimly plausible feeling to it that will draw in readers." - SLJ

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Suzanne Weyn has written many books for young adults including Distant Waves, Reincarnation, Empty, and Invisible World. She lives in New York, and you can find her at www.suzanneweynbooks.com.

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If we continue with our wasteful, polluting ways, we might be living on "empty." The residents of Spring Valley may have thought they would always have the luxuries of life, but it is evident now that life has changed even for their exclusive little community.

The world's supply of fossil fuels is almost entirely gone. What little oil is left is the subject of wars around the world. Currently, the U.S. is battling Venezuela for control of its remaining reserves. Meanwhile, in the states there are food shortages due to transportation costs, unreliable electrical power, and gas prices at $50+ per gallon.

As a result of global warming, the weather has also gone crazy. Temperatures are unusually cool, making some think that the seasons might be reversing. And, to complicate things, two recent hurricanes have joined forces to become one mega-hurricane, wiping out coastal areas and heading farther inland than anyone could ever imagine.

Teens in the Spring Valley area are experiencing how living in this new world will be changing life as they know it. Nicki is used to having the best of everything, but now knows the loss of her father's job is going to be one of the easier things to deal with. Tom may be part of the popular crowd at school, but that's not going to keep food on the table and gasoline in his tank. Along with several other teens, they may be able to find a way to begin providing for their community again.

Author Suzanne Weyn gives readers a glimpse of a not-too-distant future in EMPTY. If we continue to squander our resources, the end may be near. Reading about how these teens deal with their changing surroundings and lifestyle may encourage us to recognize the error of our ways. At least it provides abundant food for thought.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Out of Gas 8. November 2010
Von Orianna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
I tried twice to read this book, and each time I made it a little further. I got about halfway before giving up entirely. So, why did I give up? Well, no disrespect toward the author, but honestly? The book reads like a cross between a sermon and a textbook, with the occasional bit of dialogue thrown in so it could technically be called a novel. I'm not kidding, characters will walk up and out of the blue just start lecturing on how everyday products are manufactured using petroleum, and how with the oil reserves depleted, you can no longer buy cosmetics, or batteries, or hairbrushes, and you can't run your heaters or bathe anymore, and, oh my gosh, no one ever saw it coming! Or someone will start talking about solar generators or wind power, and again, it literally sounds as if they're reciting from a textbook.

I'm nearly halfway into the book, and nothing has happened. A few teenagers are crushing on each other and everyone is grumbling about gas costing $80 a gallon, and how they must walk to school, and the girls can't wash their hair or wear their contact lenses, and the cafeteria is closed because they can't afford to power the refrigerators. There's no one saying, "Hey! Let's start building a windmill in the backyard!" There's no one DOING anything about the problem. They just stand around and mope or whine or get drunk. By this point in the novel, I would expect SOMETHING to have happened. I get that there's no oil left, I understand the people are suffering without their iPhones and their blow-dryers. I get it. But how many chapters do we need of these teenagers grumbling about it? Plus, there are so many different teenage characters that I can't keep them straight. It switches between them, but there is nothing to differentiate them from one another, they all sound exactly the same. It makes it impossible to care about any of them, because I can't tell who they are.

I know people hate it when someone reviews a book that they haven't finished, but I gave this book an honest shot. I tried twice to finish it, and I just couldn't bear to slog through any more. And that's really saying something, because I LOVE "end of the world" post-apocalyptic stories! I think the idea is an excellent one, and I think the author could probably write a really great story if she brushed up on her characterization, dialogue, and plot.

I give the book two stars because the idea IS an interesting one. People SHOULD be made aware of how many items in their everyday life are based on oil, and how crippled the word would be if the oil reserves ran dry. That said, this novel is not the way to go about educating people on the subject.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot 16. Januar 2011
Von Ana Mardoll - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
Empty / 978-0-545-17278-3

I'm a greenie in good standing - I know the difference between "recycled content" and "post-consumer recycled content", I avoid petroleum based products as much as possible, and I drive as little as possible. Even if I hadn't been interested in doing these things for my own health and the health of the planet, it's been good sense to wean off of petroleum products ever since the market started demonstrating just how volatile it really is. So I'm all in favor of a good dystopia novel that can drive home just how dependent America is on oil and how dangerous that dependency can be, but "Empty" by Suzanne Weyn is NOT that novel.

The writing in this novel is atrocious - major plot points are "summarized" at the ends of each chapter with newspaper articles that sound fake, unrealistic, and rushed - as if the author couldn't be bothered to edit them properly before going to print. The entirety of the novel is told from the point of view of several teenage "everymen" characters - all of whom sound identically bland - and the "action" of the novel unfolds by having supporting characters literally walk up to them on the street and lecture them about how dependent we are on gasoline and why the world is rapidly going to heck in a handbasket. The cardinal rule of writing - "Show, don't tell" - is broken on every single page of this novel; for instance, in order to demonstrate how the hot water in our pipes relies on gasoline to heat it, we do NOT see a character wash her hair and get a nasty surprise when the water is ice cold. No, instead we have a character *announce* that she's going to wash her hair so that another character can TELL her that the plan won't work, and why not. This is boring, unimaginative, and reads like a badly-written religious tract.

"Empty" is set "ten years from now", but the author seems not to understand what this might entail. She seems to want a story where everything is going along fine and then *BAM* gasoline shortages, but this would mean that either (1) the story would have to be longer in order to really explore the concept of petroleum shortages, or (2) quite a lot of the shortages would have to be jettisoned from the plot entirely. You see, if all oil were gone tomorrow, we wouldn't immediately run out of shampoo (there's a lot stored up in warehouses waiting to be sold), but the characters of "Empty" *must* run out of shampoo *immediately* after the novel starts, so the reader is flat-out told that the high school girls have been hoarding shampoo and nail polish for awhile now. In the same vein, electricity rationing has been going on in town, if only because people can't afford to run the heat and A/C constantly.

But if rationing has been going on for some time, why does the sudden blackout slam the characters into complete, dumbfounded confusion? Where are the candles and the non-petroleum shampoo? One step further, where are the candle making equipment and the shampoo home recipes? Why does everyone in the area have a gasoline- or lithium-powered generator, but no one has ever even HEARD of a manual- or wind-powered generator? And why, WHY, do all the teenagers have holographic cell phones that they use constantly?

What's most frustrating about "Empty" is the lost potential. I'd LOVE to see a dystopia novel where everyone breaks out their vague memories of "Little House on the Prairie" and of childhood boy scout lessons, and then people start experimenting with boiling water on the charcoal grill for bathwater, and figuring out how to cook food in their fireplace, but all we ever get from "Empty" is lectures masquerading as dialogue, teenagers crushing on each other, and everyone being completely clueless and helpless. It's strange and inhuman to see half the people in town unable to get to work or school because it's "too far to walk" and no one even MENTIONS the possibility of bicycles, not even as a handwave to support the plot (as in, "wow, it's too bad all the bicycles were destroyed in the Great Two-Wheeled Cataclysm of 2020!"); at least not until everyone is shepherded into New Utopia Village where everything is clean and self-sustained, and bicycles are magically dispensed from a company grant. (I'm really not making this up.)

Words really cannot describe how disappointed I am with this book. Everything about this book - the characters, the way they interact, their responses in a crisis, the newspaper articles, the very world around them - comes off as completely unreal, totally fake, and poorly written. The subject of oil dependence is an important one, and it deserves a better novel than this. The problems with oil dependence should be *shown* to the reader, not baldly told to them by supporting characters in between the snogging sessions of the "main" characters. I honestly feel that this novel was rushed out to take advantage of the market and the "greenest" thing to do would be to not buy it at all.

NOTE: This review is based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through Amazon Vine.

~ Ana Mardoll
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poor Writing 20. Dezember 2010
Von bunnyrabbit4 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
I like authors who work with current topics, especially when they write for the teen or older child, but this story just doesn't get off the ground and the writing is overstated and repititive. There is too much "telling" and "over telling" when what is needed is either simple narative or interesting dialog. She describes a scene, allowing us to understand by the description what someone is feeling and then ruins it by telling us what the person is feeling, sometimes twice. The world in peril idea is not worked into the story in an emotionally engaging way. It is described rather than experienced and there are no unique ideas, twists or turns expressed here. I finally had to put this one down after several attempts to finish it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting & Informative 5. Januar 2011
Von Ccm989 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
One of the reasons I like to read is to be entertained, the other reason is I like to be informed. In this book, Empty, I felt like I got both. The book's premise is that the world has run out of gas. Its set in a typical suburb outside of NYC where the 3 main characters are teenagers. All the teenagers are experiencing a personal loss of something -- parents, money, lifestyle -- and they have to learn to deal with it. Besides being out of gas, which means no joy riding, no dating, no hanging out with friends (unless they live next door), it also means food is no longer delivered to the local supermarket and that's where the trouble really begins. You can't live without food! And these kids don't start really experiencing hardship until the fall when it is too late to plant a garden so now they are left to their own devices. For some it means stealing, for others it means sharing. Being a "Young Adult" book, it is not too harsh. But frankly if gas really ever went up to a $100 a gallon, there'd be massive riots and lots of dead bodies around. Desperate people are not nice. Our whole society revolves around cheap fuel. Which means if it gets to be more expensive than it currently is, for a while, you can cut down on other expenses like vacations, restaurants, etc to comp for it. But if gas gets really expensive ($10 a gallon) then there are going to be more major problems and in this fragile recovery, that could spell trouble.
With this book, you'll see what at least some of the options are in dealing with a situation that we may all soon experience. Be warned and be ready.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Low on Enjoyment 17. Januar 2011
Von S. A. W. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
Fact: one day this planet's oil reserves will run out.

In Empty, Suzanne Weyn speculates on what effect this will have on the American way of life. Set ten years in the future, it explores how teens in a small New England town cope when gasoline and other petroleum-based products become scarce.

I'm a proponent of both conserving the world's resources and exploring alternative energy sources. As such, I applaud the author's attempt to make young people aware of our over-dependence on oil.
However, as a reader, I found this book dull and unpleasant. There's a preachy tone to the writing and a lot of dry facts about eco-friendly energy. The characters are poorly drawn caricatures (the cheerleader, the misfit, the handsome boy) and the plot is stereotypical apocalyptic storyline (war, super-hurricanes, and the disruption of electrical services).

I feel like the author never really dug into the meat of what it would mean to live without oil. The characters complain that it's cold and they can't wash their hair or wear makeup, but they have no trouble coming up with $200 for a gallon of black-market gasoline. Ultimately, they don't even have to figure out a new way to live because everything they need magically appears out in the woods. I'm not kidding. This book has one of the most incredibly convenient - and highly unlikely - endings I've ever come across.

Bottom line: this book, born from good intentions, has a great premise, but runs dry when it comes to plot.
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