This book is the story of humanity on the rocks and trying to recover from devastating losses taken at the hands of an alien civilization. The book is fast paced and is a blend of battlestar galactica and honor harrington combined together. The characters were very well developed in my opinion without spending a lot of time on irrelevant details or relationships. Overall one of my new favorites cannot wait to read more in the Phoenix series.
Let me start by saying the author kept and narrator kept me listening to the story well into the night. The characters in the story were very believable and it was a true cautionary tale about being caught flat footed. Life has a way of changing on a dime and the story shows how when people are unprepared they pay the consequences.
On the other hand i was frustrated at many points by the embellishment the author took with science, in general the effects of an EMP pulse on the infrastructure of the United States. It is true that a pule could and would knock out the power grid and the communications grid but most vehicles would survive and the ones that didn't could easily be ported to work for us. I also do not believe Americans would ever start eating each other after a few days of not having food, American ingenuity would thrive. I enjoyed the book but in no way is this a accurate representation of what could happen in America if an EMP pulse went off, sorry.
This book was well thought out and well written. I am a big Sci Fi fan but typically stay away from Steven King as I would think of him more as a horror writer. This book had so many positive reviews that I thought I would give it a shot. The story starts out strong and stays strong throughout the entire book. I would say there are really 3 or 4 stories backed into the story, similar to Time Enough for Love but they are all solid in my opinion. You will not regret reading this book.
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