When the English Fall by David Williams

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When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community.

Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?

David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of “civilization” and what remains if the center cannot hold.


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ISBN : 1616205229
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Jaidee rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 21, 2017

2.5 "lackluster, had a lot of potential, needs a lot more work" stars ! This is the story of Jacob and his family in Amish Pennsylvania. A major disaster hits the Eastern US and possibly elsewhere and all electric power is wiped out. All the non-Amish are called English. Jacob's current diary cov...

Evelina | AvalinahsBooks rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

I find myself struggling to start this review. Because the book was just so unbelievable, I find myself at a lack of words. What would it be like to watch the end of the world as a bystander? As someone who has always thought that living that way was not wise, but had to hold onto that opinion...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2017

Contemplative and powerful, WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL is an unsettling story about the precarious nature of current American society set in the farmlands of Pennsylvania in seemingly current times. Never before have I learned so much about a culture while reading a postapocalypic novel - a novel that...

Terri rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 20, 2017

A catastrophic solar storm has wiped out electricity on the American east coast and probably elsewhere. Planes crash, there are food shortages, society falls apart. Jacob is an Amish farmer living in Pennsylvania, and we see the end of "English" civilization through his eyes. (The Amish call all...

Sara rated it ★★★★☆

February 28, 2017

David William’s debut novel When the English Fall offers a new perspective on apocalyptic fiction, written from the point of view of an Amish farmer named Jacob. Part insight into Amish culture, part dystopian novel, all written as journal entries, the novel follows the days leading up to a solar...

sanny rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 10, 2017

DNF at 31%. Too slow without much plot progression and I don' feel like continuing to read the diary entries of a person who can make the apocalypse sound even more uneventful than the process of paint drying.

Tony rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 19, 2017

I kept waiting for this to get good. I considered stopping around 75 pages in. Then, it got more interesting and I thought it would go somewhere. Then, it went somewhere, but not somewhere that was really interesting. The ending just made no sense. The issues with the daughter had potential, but...

Michele rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2017

I had to think about this one for a while but I'm changing my initial rating from 3 to 4 simply because I'm still thinking about it. I received a free advance reader copy of this book from the publisher. I was on a cross country flight this week for a librarian conference and just desperately goin...

Danielle rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

"They are English. They are the world. They are so busy, they have no time to see God or each other." -David Williams, When the English Fall This is a dystopian novel unlike any other, as it takes the point of view of an Amish man named Jacob. The story is told through Jacob's journal entries. This...

Paula rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2017

I really loved the premise. When I picked the book up from the Algonquin/Workman stall at the ALA Midwinter conference, I read the back and was instantly hooked. An electromagnetic storm? Okay. That disrupts civilization? Right on. From the perspective of an Amish man? Oh hell yes. And that's exa...

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