So a small caveat before this review: I don’t consider cliches a bad thing necessarily, and even predictability in a story isn’t that bad. So I won’t be taking points off for those. That being said, if you’ve read one post-apocalyptic horror, you’ve read ’em all. Particularly, if you’ve read one ’80s post-apocalyptic horror, you’ve read ’em all. And really particularly, if you’ve read The Stand, you’ve read ’em all. So with that, let’s talk about Robert McCammon’s Swan Song.
Swan Song is a 1987 post-apocalyptic horror novel set during and in the aftermath of a nuclear war between America and Russia. Also, it’s not so much a “war” as it is a combined nuclear strike. Basically, the two countries say “fuck the world” and lob every single nuke they have at one another, causing—as you would guess—unparalleled destruction and nuclear winter. Guess both countries forgot about that whole “mutually assured destruction” thing.