The Scarlet Plague

The Scarlet Plague

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By (author) Jack London, Foreword by Tony Robinson


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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 188mm x 12mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843911752
  • ISBN 13: 9781843911753
  • Sales rank: 34,950

Product description

It was the summer of 2013 that the Plague came - The heart began to beat faster and the heat of the body to increase. Then came the scarlet rash, spreading like wildfire - From Jack London, author of White Fang and The Call of the Wild, comes The Scarlet Plague, a harrowing dystopian vision in which the summer of 2013 has brought about worldwide apocalypse. It has been sixty years since the great Red Death wiped out mankind. A handful of survivors, from all walks of life, have established their own civilisation, their own hierarchy in a savage world. Art, science, all learning's been lost, and the young descendants of the healthy few know nothing of the world that was, nothing but myths and make-believe. An old man walks along deserted railway tracks, long since unused and overgrown; beside him a young, feral boy helps him along. The old man is the only one who can convey the wonders of that bygone age, and the horrors of the plague that brought about its end. What future lies in store for the remnants of mankind can only be surmised - their ignorance, barbarity and ruthlessness the only hope they have. Jack London's dystopian vision of the future was first published in 1912, a century before the Scarlet Plague he envisioned destroying the human population. The deadly virus, which kills in a matter of minutes in some instances, remains a terrifying prophecy of the perils of globalisation, which are all too pertinent today.

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Author information

American novelist Jack London (1876-1916) is best remembered for 'The Call of the Wild' and his numerous tales of travel and adventure.

Review quote

"London's style is typically lush but his viewpoint is skeptical and dystopian ... [the] story reminds us of the dangers we still court with our careless ways." --"The Times"