Book Review: Sam and Emily – A Love Story from the Underground
Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Sandy Nathan
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Sam Baahuhd flees with his village to live the rest of their lives in the underground shelter just before the bombs explode wiping out all of humanity. But Sam finds leadership in this place much different than the village. In this confined space with limited food and the need to create a society that will last for generations, the old ways of the village with their inbreeding and disorderly drunkenness will surely doom the future of humanity. Sam must change his people but first must change himself. If it weren’t for Emily and her love, he may not be strong enough. Unfortunately, Sam may have to give her up in order to protect future generations.
While “Sam and Emily” is the third book in Nathan’s ”Tales from the Earth’s End” series, this is a very different book from the first two and in many ways stands alone. Whereas the other volumes focus more on the science fiction elements, this volume centers on the relationship between two critical and damaged personalities as they struggle to keep their love alive while living under impossible conditions. Nathan’s insights into the logistics and struggles of life in the underground and how to plan out generations who must not only survive but thrive, especially given the issues of inbreeding and genetic contamination with their limited human stock, is fascinating and reminiscent of Stephen King’s epic masterpiece – The Stand.
“Sam and Emily” is by far my favorite and I think the best written in the series. It will leave you thinking well after turning the last page.
Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided in return for a review.