My review of Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow
Two generations after destruction rained down upon America’s cities, the population is scattered into small towns. Cities are forbidden by law, as is scientific research.
Rumors abound of a secret place known as “Bartorstown”, where science is untrammelled by interference or hatred. A youth named Len Colter, developing an unhealthy thirst for knowledge exacerbated by the discovery of a forbidden radio, sets out on a long road. During this journey, he will change his mind many times before determining the correct direction for himself, and the benighted America in which he lives.
A well done post-apocalyptic story of two boys in search of a dream of yesteryear. I liked the character building, even if I didn’t particularly like some of the individual characters. At the beginning I liked Len better than Esau, but about half way through Book Two, I really didn’t like Len all that much. He never really seemed to fully grow up. Hostetter was the one character who was a rock throughout, always likeable and providing the father figure the boys sorely needed more of. I think the characters put a little too much confidence in the righteousness of government, but I know many people in real life that do the same.
Those people who like post-apocalyptic fiction like A Canticle for Liebowitz will probably enjoy this one as well. I like it a little better than Canticle actually.
The book was formatted pretty well until about 3/4 of the way through when there was a series of gibberish, most likely from a bad OCR.