Title: The Postman
Author: David Brin
Publisher: Bantam Books 1985
Genre: Scifi - Post-Apocalyptic
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Dystopian; New Author; ebook; 52 Books - W22
How I Got It: iPad read
He was a survivor--a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.
Another science fiction book J has been bugging me to read for the past few years. I went into it skeptical, but was hooked after Gordon's first encounter on the mountain. I immediately latched onto this reluctant hero, the pretend postman, who eventually becomes something much more than a man. I loved the discussions of society and civilization. I loved seeing the different sides argue about which way was right. I even liked the gender arguments (although I must say Brin paints feminism in a very specific manner that I personally disagree with). The characters are intriguing. The action sequences kept me on the edge of my seat. And by the end, I was rooting for the band of misfits to beat to the survivalists and remake a nation.