Although our new book Cataclysm Baby is a short novel, it packs a punch with its small doses of horror with each chapter. The book shows what life is like generations after an apocalypse. The physical environment is intolerable and toxic, including wet conditions and flooding. Birth defects occur. People feel isolated. Parents participate in the unthinkable.
As Steve points out in his blog post, the author uses the premise of an apocalypse to “catch a true glimpse of the kind of lives some in this world lead by contriving an apocalypse.” Some chapters in the book are like the real events in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit the city. Scenes of dead bodies floating in flood water, abandoned cars, and people stranded on rooftops seem a direct inspiration. Others include living conditions in the Superdome where deaths occurred and the standoff at the Crescent City Bridge
People evacuating to the Superdome after Katrina
People stranded on a rooftop after Katrina
Dead body in floodwaters after Katrina
Like the parents in the book, a doctor and nurses caring for patients at Memorial Hospital after the hurricane resorted to acts that seem horrific. As flood water continued to rise around the hospital, conditions for care became bleak. It became clear during patient evacuation that not all of the patients could be transported, especially the very sick. As the remaining patients' health deteriorated and no rescue was available, a well regarded doctor and two respected nurses hastened the deaths of some of these patients by injecting them with lethal doses of drugs. Mortuary workers eventually carried 45 corpses from Memorial.
Where is the love in this book? There is none to be found, which probably breaks the hearts of the sentimental faction of the PBR Book Club.
"Show Me Love"