Empty by Suzanne Weyn is a young adult book that is theme driven rather than plot driven. The message is an important one – our rapidly depleting natural resources (petroleum) – and it is driven home on every page of the book.
The time is the near future (ten years from now) and the world has pretty much run out of petroleum. Only the wealthy can afford to drive cars, and it’s becoming difficult to afford heat as winter approaches.
Weather is worsening, and a double hurricane blasts the east coast and the town where the protagonists live. The story follows their struggle to survive during a short period of time when conditions become a crisis.
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