What would a post-apocalyptic South Africa look like? And how long would it take for its people to regroup?
WHAT ITS ABOUT:
A fever has swept over the whole world, causing a huge amount of earth’s population (about 90%) to die. Nico Storm tells us the tale of how he and his father travels around in a truck filled with essential supplies. Then his father, Willem Storm, decides to start a new community. He founds Amanzi (which is the Zulu word for water).
Nico is an excellent marksman. He also has a cool head. He first becomes his father’s protector. Later he joins the “army” that protects their community.
He is not a fighter at all. He wouldn’t even kill a snake. But, he is a thinker and a leader. He is wise and compassionate.
Nico and Willim rescue her from brutal thugs. She takes a while to recover. When she does, she is loyal to Willim Storm.
He is a pilot. He makes life a lot easier with his Cessna plane.
She is a self-proclaimed protector of orphans.
A man that you would rather have on your side. Nico looks up to him and strives to be like him.
Amanzi is strategically placed. It allows the community to have water, and it offers protection from most sides. South Africa is filled with groups of pillagers. The most dangerous is the biker brigands. Since the supplies are starting to dwindle, the bikers turn to Amanzi. Because the town is self-sufficient, it becomes a target for outside threats. But there are threats lurking on the inside of Amanzi too.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
I read this book in Afrikaans which is the author, Deon Meyer, and my own, native language. Fever is a refreshingly different type of story for this author. I loved all his books so far, and Fever is no exception. The book is quite long, so it will keep you entertained for a while. It is a powerful coming of age story. The rich descriptions of the scenery will keep you glued to the book. And the fascinating account of what people will revert to during difficult times will give you food for thought. And we all might want to consider stocking up on the tinned food…