Britain, ten years after a massive oil crisis, is a derelict land. Jenny Sutherland set up a community on a decommissioned oil rig in the North Sea where now hundreds of people live a precarious existence, growing their own food and generating a small amount of electricity from methane harvested from chicken droppings.
On one of their regular trips to the mainland to forage for supplies, some of the oil rig residents realise they may not be the only people left in the country, as they had originally thought.
The oil rig residents discover an existing community that takes a very different approach to themselves, being tightly controlled by a dictator who uses child soldiers to keep the residents under control. What will happen when these two different philosophines of life collide? Will a new war become inevitable? Will it be possibly to build a sustainable future for the country?
As well as being a page-turning read, this engrossing novel looks into the possibilities for human survival after the end of civilisation as we know it.
Afterlight by Alex Scarrow, published by Orion Books