Book Review: The Scarlet Plague by Jack London
Until recently, I was unaware that Jack London wrote science fiction, because he is best known for such books as The Call of the Wild and White Fang (neither of which I have read, though I have read The Sea Wolf), so when I saw this reprint of The Scarlet Plague in the sci-fi section at Barnes & Noble, I picked it up out of curiosity. It’s a short pessimistic tome - touching on several issues, such as class, religion, etc. - about a future in which mankind has been decimated by an unknown disease and reverted to its primitive ways, and in the picture painted, London doesn’t offer much hope for the future of mankind.
You can read The Scarlet Plague online here.
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