• Edge of Collapse

  • Edge of Collapse Series, Book 1
  • By: Kyla Stone
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,038 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the middle of the coldest winter on record, a super EMP destroys the power grid. No electricity. No cars or phones. Worst of all, no heat. The country is plunged into instant chaos.

But for 26-year-old Hannah Sheridan, it's the best day of her life. For the last five years, she's been held captive by a sadistic psychopath, until the EMP releases the lock of her prison. Hannah emerges from her underground cell into a hostile winter landscape with no way to call for help, no vehicle that will drive, armed with nothing but the clothes on her back and her own determination to survive.

Liam Coleman, cynical loner and former soldier, is headed nowhere, fast. He believed he was prepared for any disaster, until the EMP took everything he'd ever cared about in a matter of seconds. When he runs across a desperate woman who will die without his help, he's forced to make a choice.

Two hundred frozen, perilous miles stand between them and their destination in rural Michigan. But the lack of power, desperate people, and the treacherous elements aren't the only threats. Hannah's captor isn't about to let her go. He will hunt her to the ends of the earth and beyond, destroying anything and anyone who gets in his way. 

Edge of Collapse is a gripping post-apocalyptic EMP thriller perfect for fans of Ryan Schow, Grace Hamilton, Harley Tate, Jack Hunt, and Boyd Craven.

©2020 Kyla Stone (P)2020 Kyla Stone

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This book felt more like a Thriller than Post Apocalyptic. I don't read synopsis of books before I start them as I like to go in blind and be surprised by it all and man that is exactly what I was with this book. I was a little confused when it first started and it wasn't Liam after listening to the prequel but I was happy that he shows up. I was sucked in right away and I stayed up way past my bedtime listening to this. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series.

The narration was great, I enjoyed her very much.

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Not a thinking man's book

The entire premise of this book is invalid. First, if an emp is strong enough to take out a generator, the corresponding radiation would be lethal. Next, electric locks do not require electricity to lock. They only need it to unlock the locks. No power means no unlocking.

I made it long enough to endure the bad man, who leaves nothing to chance, let man go after taking his 1979 truck.

The main character is too stupid to survive, the bad man is to stupid to do what he has done.

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A good thriller but not Sci-fi

If you are looking for a good thriller this is the book for you but if you think this is a sci-fi...think again. The only thing sci-fi is the EMP which is only used as a set up for the story.

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Sooo good!

I listen to books and podcasts all day while working. My listening time isn't precious, so I certainly roll the dice on audiobooks and dismissing them if they don't take me away from the mundane. And about 85% of that time I chose post apocalyptic novels. Needless to say, this series not only held my attention, but I found myself stopping what I was doing because I was so into it I couldn't focus at all on my work.

My all time favorite series is one second after by William F. If you haven't gone there yet, give that a listen too. With the edge of collapse books, the author does such a good job in this series bringing a new fresh perspective to the end of the world, and LOVE how each chapter is written from different perspectives. Also, some books I find myself not having a great picture of how characters look, but not here. The descriptions are so perfect that I feel like I am right along with these folks.

I am starting book 6 now, but wanted to stop for a moment and show respect for this piece of art.

Thank you for writing this.

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Ugh...

I really wanted to care about the character of Hannah, but I just found myself increasingly annoyed with her and her constant weakness and driveling. The dog and the Liam are the only redeeming characters in the book. After looking ahead and seeing that there are currently 7 books in the series, I know there is no way I will be able to continue with the series.

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Too much repetition

Ideas and plot lines are not the problem with this book. The repetitive descriptions of the characters fear and/or guilt are what made me want to throw it across the room. And if you are going to spend the whole book fixated on a character's guilt feelings, then at least explain WHY he feels guilty. Sheesh. Some experienced editing would have gone a long way here.

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Excellent!

The Edge of Collapse is an excellent start to what I believe will be an awesome series! Vivid descriptions of the locations and events make it seem more realistic than what you might want it to be. Surviving the bitter cold and escaping an evil man Hannah has a lot of obstacles to overcome just to survive. The characters in this book are well developed and will quickly draw you into their world.

The narration is well done. The book is fast paced and action filled. The perfect series to add to your collection.

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Barely an Emp story. It's about a woman escaping.

I'm on chapter 51 of 63 and there has been little of an emp world. It is about a woman escaping human trafficing. Not a bad story just not what I thought it would be about.

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loved this story!

This was such a great story! The author did a great job of bringing the characters to life! I'm still reeling from the anxiety of Hannah's struggles! When I heard the words 'the end' I said nooooo!! Now I need to find out how this story ends!! I have to start book 2 right now!!

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EMP Thriller

This is a unique take on a apocalyptic book. More of a thriller, full of suspense, than the typical EMP book.

Hannah Sheridan has been held captive for years by a sadistic man, being tortured whenever she tries to fight back. One day, she discovers that the door that has kept her inside her cold, dark cage is unlocked. Scared to leave but more scared to stay, Hannah ventures out in the coldest winter in Michigan history. Before leaving, she gathers what she can and then releases a Great Pyrenees dog who has also been chained and tortured.

As Hannah tries to find her way through the woods, a blizzard almost kills her. Another traveler, Liam Coleman, discovers her hypothermic body and just wants to keep walking toward his hideaway. However, the voice of his dead sister-in-law won't let him leave Hannah, especially after Liam sees that she is pregnant.

There is plenty of action in this book and the writing and the story kept me on the edge of my chair. There are some references to the EMP, but mostly this is a book of survival as Hannah tries to get away from her captor and Liam and the dog, Ghost, try to help her.

I would recommend that anyone who has suffered domestic abuse or something similar steer clear of this book. But, if you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, full of great characters and an awesome canine, give this series a chance. The writing is wonderful, the story well-developed and you will find yourself caught up in this cold, cruel world.

The narrator, Stacey Glemboski, is perfect for this book. Her timing and inflections are spot-on and she added a lot to my enjoyment of the book.

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  • Megan
  • 06-05-22

I just love all the books.

I love the details of the environment, facial characteristics and how you are thrown into the shoes of character.
Every book is so well done, I will never tire of kyla’s books.

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  • 05-19-22

William R. Forstchen Meets K.L Slater

🧡 One cup EMP apocalypse, one cup psychological thriller, mix until smooth and you have a gripping tale of survival on multiple fronts. A psychopalypse? I’ll work on that… Anyway, aAs a fan of both genres, I was captivated by the idea of technological obliteration freeing a kidnap victim.

💚 Main character, Hannah is a fascinating depiction of a strong person broken down by years of abuse. I enjoyed watching her brief bouts of emergence from her trauma and the fact that she still has a long way to go, leaving room for future novels.

💛 The style of this is focused on the action elements, like fight scenes and pragmatic steps. The characters are more formulaic, such as the strong, stoic Liam versus the purely evil psychopath. I liked the predictability of this, much as you’d find in any classic action movie.

💜 There’s a pup! Ghost is a welcome member of the gang, but I spent the entire time worrying about him.
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🎧 This is solidly produced and well-performed. It’s thrilling and scary at times, but not a demanding listen. You could easily have this on in the background, pick it up and put it down and be right back on track. What’s more, Stacey Glemboski’s clear, smooth voice is an affable companion.

🎧 I’d have preferred the addition of a dedicated narrator for the male roles, but only from a signposting perspective. Stacey Glemboski is more than able to portray all the characters and vocally differentiate them.

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  • Miss Taylor
  • 09-09-21

Superb end of the world thriller

This was great. Original, well written and gripping whilst realistic at the same time. I always know if I’m going to like a dystopian thriller series by how quickly I like the characters and I loved Hannah within minutes. Great story cannot wait to listen to the next. I’m just so pleased there are writers out there like Kyla Stone with original ideas to keep us end of the world fans satisfied with fresh material. Thanks Kyla ☺️

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  • Meshell
  • 06-26-21

Brilliant

I have read this series. I loved it so much that I wanted to listen to it too. This narrator really brings to life the characters and storyline. I was so engrossed that I was surprised when I reached the end. I will be listening to the rest of the series. Too good to pass.

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  • Pat Hannigan
  • 01-30-21

entertaining

loved the way it started ,gripped me straight away. Hated the guy immediately. loved the dog,I could actually smell him! and of course the lovely male lead. im not good at writing reviews but if I like a book,I try to write one. Don't usually like female narrators,but I thought this was excellent. I've downloaded the next one as I really need to know what happens next

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  • Kimberley
  • 10-28-20

A totally unique and enthralling series!

I am completely hooked on this series. I went from the prequel to this first story and have the second book downloaded and ready to go! So many PA stories get bogged down with logistics instead of the human stories. This series is a perfect blend of immersing you in the reality of a post-EMP world while highlighting the main characters’ personal experiences.

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  • Sharon
  • 04-20-20

A new take on a pls genre!!

I really liked the characters role in this story. it really adds the drama to the book. Hannah, Luke and the dog is called Ghost. The genres that I have seen listed for this book are Sci-Fi and Post-apocalyptic which both fit well though I would also add thriller and suspense. I love the thrill of the chase eminent, the narrator does it so well.
Once you start reading this book you won't want to put it down. I love the listening and the prepper tips that Hannah and Liam have to use and rely on to survive. Then there’s the different characters they meet along the way, those they attempt to avoid and those they need to win over for help. It takes a long time for Hannah to trust Liam and to reveal her own story of torture at the hands of Gavin Pike. Then there’s the abused dog that Gavin Pike used to protol his hunting cabin. Hannah calls him Ghost he seems to silently turn up when she need him. Liam has a hard time with both Hannah and Ghost over when it comes to trust. Hannah has a hard time seeing any man as one of the good guys.

This is a great Listen and I eagerly anticipated book two.

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  • Alexandra
  • 04-17-20

Edge of collapse

One of the best starts to an EMP series . Kyla Stone has an among imagination and I will definitely be following Hannah Liam and Ghost .

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  • Miranda
  • 04-12-20

Loved it

Great start to a new idea. As always with this author good character building and involved with them already. I can’t wait for the next book.
Love listening to the narrator too who always does a great job with her books. No complaints from me .

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  • Flutterbi
  • 04-07-20

Finished in a day

Wow, an original idea for a story, well written with a fantastic narrator. I like post apocalyptic books but this is the first EMP type I have listened to that had an original outlook on it. Good characters and descriptions. Can't wait for book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

Hmmm….

Overall, not a bad storyline but the narrator tends to over dramatise every sentence, even when the drama isn’t necessary. The ending was really unexpected, as in, I felt like I was in the middle of a chapter and suddenly the narrator says ‘the end’. I literally yelled ‘WHAT!?!?’ Unfortunately it wasn’t intriguing enough to make me want to buy the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-20

a bit bland and .... well, nothing new

Struggled to finish. There is little depth to the characters and the cover picture really gives me the irrits.

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  • Susanne Galea
  • 04-30-20

Enjoyed from start to finish

Great story which kept me listening for hours, as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Can’t wait to start book 2.
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