I hate to write a review in response to other reviews, but In this case I can't help myself.
Yes there is a fair amount of conservative idealism and dogma, and yes the characters are rather undeveloped and one-dimensional. I'm compelled to believe that was the intention: to portray average joes, with unremarkable personalities, and throw them into a social nightmare.
Some reviewers believe the timetable for the decay of civilized structure to be rather expeditious. I personally found the semblance of order retained after the first month hard to believe. A lot of people seem to believe our sapient neurology and civilized society is more rugged than it really is.
That being said, this book IS a page-turner and had me stifling back tears on a few occasions. Read it. It's a moving, fascinating scenario in spite of its politics.
Story started kind of slow but just got more and more exciting as it went on. Great details which really allowed for immersion into the listening.
This was a great premise... and could have been truly science fiction (ala The Martian) if he went into the science of the issue- and the science of how to fix it - or how to adapt. Unfortunately, this writer is in no way talented enough to handle his premise.
The writer wanted to write a fictional story about a serious threat in order to spread awareness. In doing so, the writer referenced a lot of real life events to create imagery instead of creating his own. There was a lot of, "it was like something out of a movie," or "images flashed of an old WWII documentary." I understand that this is a real threat and the author wanted to use real life examples but there was entirely too many. Right now, this story is still a work of fiction and should have used fictional imagery with some more subtle references to real life events.
On the other hand, this book did a great job of explaining the reality of why so many people would die just because the power went out. In other post apocalyptic stories, people just are already dead with little to no explication. In One Second After, we see that electricity is a large provider for things like medication and communication. Instead of just one large catastrophic event followed by survival, there are waves of death and struggle with the helplessness of preventing them.
Ultimately, it's worth reading. I just raised my expectations a little too high.
Age 30, love history. Mostly war stuff.
This book is great because it is a story that could absolutely come true. Also well written, a great story and great narrator.
The fact that it sounds very plausible
no, it was over 11 hours
you should have hired the same narrator for the "One Year After" book. The "performer" you got to do it was abysmal. Don't listen to the next book. Read it.
knowledge is power. this book sucks you into a very possible event. Forcing you to look at the sickening truth of how fragile our country, life, and security really is.