The music: Agnes Obel
Imagine you’re off on a weekend camping trip, or maybe just asleep in your bed. Without any warning, there’s a natural disaster. You seek shelter – a secluded cave in the forest, the bomb shelter in your backyard – and wait for the disaster to end. Except it doesn’t end; it just keeps getting worse. You wait for someone to come rescue you, but months pass and you’re still alone. What do you do? How do you survive?
Such is the dilemma in today’s books. In Savage Dawn, a small group of families and strangers band together to try to survive after a series of volcanoes end civilization. In Anyone?, teenage Tess must try to find her dad and brother, aided by a guy who may not be what he seems, after meteors wipe out most of humanity. Both are post-apocalyptic stories that push their characters to the limits.
Agnes Obel‘s music reminds me of Rasputina, but more haunting. Close your eyes while listening to “The Curse,” and imagine yourself standing on an empty street, strewn with ashes and litter and lined with empty, dilapidated buildings, not a soul around for hundreds of miles.
What’s your plan for surviving the apocalypse?