Kind of a waste of an Audible credit. I was really excited about the premise of the book, but unlike the overall detail on, say, The Stand, this whole thing happened inside one man's bubble, and the detail was wasted on the main character....adjusting his clothing before stepping outside to face the "Manson" (so named for the characters resemblance to the craziness of Charles Manson that came out of nowhere in response to some briefly mentioned food shortage. This book put me to sleep every night, one chapter at a time. Couldn't finish the last chapter. If I learned anything from this fictitious scenario, it's to save some food and stay inside and play games with your odds. Oh and have guns.
As love this review I have listened to the Jakarta Pandemic 5 times and have loved it more and more with each listen! The narration makes it very easy to listen to. I have fallen in love with the characters, can't seem to get something more out of the story each time I get through it. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in prepping, is curious about the behavior of their fellow man in a crisis, or wonders how a panfemic might play out. This book, and subsequent series, is highly recommended. 5 stars!
I would like to give the story a 3.5, it was slow moving at times and I felt like a lot of unnecessary descriptions about the environment were occurring at key parts in the story and got in the way. The story as a whole really gets you thinking about what the world would be like in the face of a disaster with scarce resources. For this reason alone, it is a good read to break through some of the naivety some of us carry around.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I love books about dystopian societies. This one is seriously one of the best in this genre. At first I was worried that the author was going to try to bite off more than he could chew; try and tackle big picture topics and scenarios that would have been too broad. However, once I got into the novel I found that this was not the case at all. In fact, most of this story centers around one family and their immediate community. It is honestly a very well written, well thought out book. The characters are spot on, and the protagonist is really one that I could get behind. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Amazing writing and excellent narration. I do not give out 5's across the board very easily, but this one deserves them! Well done!
The pandemic is a very scary event, and it was described in detail about what could go wrong.
The story worked really well on identifying how different people would approach the preparation and how people really are not ready for being on their own.
when the migrants moved into the neighborhood, it was scary.
yes, need to have a clear communication strategy no PC.
It could happen!
The Goldfinch...The storytelling by the narrator was so very convincing, it felt like it could happen tomorrow. I was on edge waiting for the next chapter after each chapter. I was aware that anything could happen in the story because in reality anything could happen as well. Another great story and storyteller!
Alex, of course! The nuances in tone depicting Alex's thoughts made me smile, smirk, and grimace.
I could not stop thinking about it. I work in medicine and appreciate the book was not about the disease, rather the sequela and fight for survival.
I hope this isn't the end of Alex and his family.....I would love to read more.
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I went into it expecting a zombie virus outbreak story. This is not that. It deals with the build up of a flu pandemic and how it affects a single street community during the outbreak. The main character is a prepper and is well prepared for the event. However, his naive neighbors are unbelieving that an outbreak could happen. The story deals with the main character convincing his neighbors that the outbreak is real and the government will not be able to help the residents for some time to come. Of course some of the neighbors do not have enough food or supplies to survive. They turn on their neighbors out of desperation. The story is believable. There are protagonists and antagonists amongst the neighbors which is what I would expect during a major crisis.
If you enjoy this story I would suggest you read "One Second After" for a different perspective of how a local community deals with a world apocalypse.