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Level 7 (Library of American Fiction) (1959 original; edició 2004)

de Mordecai Roshwald (Autor), David Seed (Series Editor)

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Officer X-127 describes his duties as one of those assigned to control the launch of nuclear weapons from deep inside an underground military facility.
Títol:Level 7 (Library of American Fiction)
Autors:Mordecai Roshwald (Autor)
Altres autors:David Seed (Series Editor)
Informació:University of Wisconsin Press (2004), Edition: 1, 200 pages
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Etiquetes:to-read, scifi, scifi-cli-dystopian

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Level 7 de Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

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Even though it has been a six decades since I read this book it is both a story and book that has stuck we me for years. Growing up in the shadow of a possible global nuclear war this hit home with a couple of other books and I will never forget how they impacted me. The one thing I so clearly remember is the chill that went through me as I read the last diary entries. Tears in my eyes knowing there were those among us who believed we could survive a nuclear war.

There is so much more that I want to say but believe everyone should read this book and see the potential result of the nuclear option.

  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
I recall it being extremely bleak, and one of the first dystopian novels I ever read - along with 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451. I prefered the other 3 novels over Level 7.
  Lisa_Francine | Aug 5, 2020 |
Written in 1959 Level 7 is in a similar vein to Alas, Babylon, a novel of atomic war written in the looming threat of atomic war, it's interesting albeit with a simplistic diary style of narration. Yet this doesn't take away from the slow looming horror that slowly unfolds.

It's not a very cheery book and I can't imagine it did much for the outlook of people who read it in 1959 & the 1960s, but it nonetheless is a good story, I also do find myself wondering if Hugh Howey got some of his inspiration for the Silo series (Wool, etc) from this or whether that's just a mere coincidence. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Jun 10, 2019 |
I was always a sucker for end of the world novels, especially nuclear war scenarios. I found this book chililng at the time, but as of this date (2012) far less so. ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
Bleak. With no chance of redemption whatsoever. If you like happy endings, you might want to stay away from this book.

This book is quiet similar to [b:On the Beach|38180|On the Beach|Nevil Shute||963772] and [b:Alas, Babylon|38169|Alas, Babylon|Pat Frank||37962], both in the era in which they were published and the primary subject matter with which they deal: nuclear apocalypse. While I personally found [b:On the Beach|38180|On the Beach|Nevil Shute||963772] totally unimpressive and a drag, [b:Alas, Babylon|38169|Alas, Babylon|Pat Frank||37962] became one of my favorite novels.

So where does "Level 7" stand?

Well, while it may not become one of my favorites, it comes very close to being one. I found it scientifically more accurate than "Alas, Babylon" and "On The Beach". But in one department, "Level 7" truly is way better than both these classics. And that is: Depicting Human Psychology about War. Roshwald has described the human psychology about war with total (and so, quite discomfiting) accuracy, which is the most unsettling as well as interesting aspect of the book.

There are no names. No names at all. Enemy is called just the "enemy" and allies "allies". Even people living in the bunker are not known by what might be their original names. For example, the protagonist is known only as X-127 from whose personal diary "Level 7" takes form. He lives in a bunker named "Level 7" with 500 people which is 4400 feet underground. He is a "Push-Button" officer, the one that pushes buttons to launch nuclear missiles and annihilate the world when such orders are received.

This book is a scathing satire on war and the mentality which prevailed especially during the Cold War era.

A must read for anyone who liked books such as [b:Alas, Babylon|38169|Alas, Babylon|Pat Frank||37962] and even dystopian classics like [b:1984|5470|1984|George Orwell||153313] and [b:Brave New World|5129|Brave New World|Aldous Huxley||3204877], as apart from the apocalyptic scenario, there is also a strong dystopian feel to "Level 7".

4.65 Stars. ( )
  Veeralpadhiar | Mar 31, 2013 |
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