The August Selection for the SF&F Literati is Directive 51, by John Barnes.
Overview from Barnes & Noble:
Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists' movement, "Daybreak" consists of a group of diverse people with radical ideas who are united in their desire to take down modern civilization. And when they strike, the government has no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program: Directive 51.
From Publisher’s Weekly:
"Daybreak"--an assault against modern civilization conceived and developed through the Internet--has begun. As plastics and other petroleum products deteriorate and bring the world crashing down, Heather O'Grainne, of the U.S. Office of Future Threat Assessment, is a leader in the government's efforts to stabilize the remnants of American society and prevent total anarchy. It's a sprawling and provocative apocalyptic epic improved by Susan Ericksen's riveting performance. Ericksen (whose voice will be familiar to J.D. Robb fans) sustains the suspense and produces believable regional accents and multicultural and generational characters. An Ace hardcover.
The meeting is Monday evening, August 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., at the Oak Park Barnes & Noble Booksellers #2352, 2nd Floor, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214, but it's not too early to start reading NOW!
IMAGE: Many thanks to the Strange Horizons website, for the cover image.