Empty gas guages

Empty by Suzanne Weyn (a Peak Oil Novel for Young Readers)

By Frank Kaminski, Mud City Press

Empty By Suzanne Weyn 183 pp., hardcover. Scholastic Press – Oct. 2010. $17.99. Ages 12 to 14. Aimed at readers aged 12 to 14, this novel successfully blends high school drama and adventure with an important message about the world oil crisis. It was published in 2010, following a period of mounting public concern over runaway energy costs. The book’s author, Suzanne Weyn, saw it as a means of raising awareness about the issues at the root of these rising energy prices through a fictional narrative set 10 years in the future. While the novel has become quite dated in some respects, its core takeaway—that oil is finite and we’re unprepared for its decline—remains as relevant now as it was eight years ago. As the story opens, it’s summertime in the small town of Sage Valley, New York. Our main characters are a motley group of teenagers on break from high school....