Important information for the world we live in. Immensely thought-provoking. A very real scenario infused in a fictional story.
It showcases the whole spectrum of humanity, from base demonically driven animalistic behavior to the Divine and heroic potential in mankind. A wake-up call.
Long haul Expeditor that loves listening to books and make the miles fly by.
The story had a nice flow and I can see something like this happening in real life, it drew me into the story so much that I didn't want to put the "book down". I listened to it nonstop from the moment I started it.
One of the things that stuck out for me was the fact that no one is exempt from things going bad. It shows that no matter how rich or poor you are if an EPM hits the US everyone will be equalized.
Yes and I did I listened to it nonstop and will listen to it again it is that good.
In a society were we are rely so heavily on technology this story shows just what can happen if an EPM strike happens. As each chapter unfolded in the story I could clearly see something happening like that in real life. From a community trying to close itself off from the roaming bands of mobs to the outbreak of simple diseases with no medicine to prevent them or stop a simple infection even so far as people becoming cannibals to survive.
This book is a well thought out view of what if. It was researched and the probability factor struck home with me. So I would tell a friend to read it. Most already have.
All the characters are well developed. However, the mother in law Jenn or the Sergeant. They both are strong in their own right, but have a underlying softness to them.
I think there were parts that made me sad. It looked realistically and accurately at a what a dying off would look like. It also goes into some of the lengths people would / could go to survive.
I have an interest in the topic so i didn't have a problem with its predictability. By about 75% of the way through, they have made their point, and things dragged on a little. Made you really wonder how vulnerable we are.
I thought the concept for this book was really interesting and the first few chapters set the story up well. Unfortunate the book then descends into big slabs of conversation about things that could happen and things that might happen. Basically people sitting around talking so that the author can somehow insert his research into the book. It became very boring, so many missed opportunities to actually explore those scenarios. Here is a great example of how the author needs to 'show don't tell'. The references to movies throughout also irked me, the author would describe a scene and then compare it to a movie scene. Completely unnecessary. There were about 10 instances of this and the author should have just trusted that the readers would understand what he was trying to convey through his description alone which most of the time was sufficient. The movie references were unnecessary and tiresome. I also thought the climax scene could have been much more exciting, but lost of it takes place in a passive voice and skipping over the action. Only thing that kept me going was the narrators great performance, but I feel someone else could do a better job with this very intriguing concept.
Utterly predictable, no twists, heavy on the hero worship. Not well written, unfortunate waste of a credit.
A hopeful parable of good civic behavior leading to survival in a community where strong organizational skills and steady governance win the day. Amidst the carnage of disease emerges an orderly starvation with much valor and little grumbling from the thousands of dying. The author spends lots of time trying to convince us that even in the apocalypse we can prevail over any primal urge to rage against the dying of the light, and we tag gratefully along, perhaps wishing that our own actions could be so brave in such circumstances. Even within the insipid subplots of personal bravery (small children comforting their parents as they die, young husbands throwing themselves at the enemy, college presidents starving for the sake of the students), I wanted the characters to survive, and goodness to prevail. Good writing made it all bearable.
Loved the interpretation this reader brings to this story.
While I loved the overall story of an apocalyptic event, I was very touched by the humanization the author wrote into storyline.
I hope this never happens... but "hope" is not a strategy. The wolves are at the door and very few have the ability to persuade public and strategic level opinions to redirect US National Security Strategy in such a way create national resiliency to the EMP threat. The best we can do is prepare our families and communities at the local level.