If the power grid fails, how far will you go to survive?
Madison spends her days tending plants as an agriculture student at the University of California, Davis. She plans to graduate and put those skills to work only a few hours from home in the Central Valley. The sun has always been her friend, until now.
When catastrophe strikes, how prepared will you be?
Tracy starts her morning like any other, kissing her husband Walter goodbye before heading off to work at the local public library. She never expects it to end fleeing for her life in a Suburban full of food and water. Tackling life's daily struggles is one thing, preparing to survive when it all crashes down is another.
The end of the world brings out the best and worst in all of us.
With no communication and no word from the government, the Sloanes find themselves grappling with the end of the modern world all on their own. Will Madison and her friends have what it takes to make it back to Sacramento and her family? Can Tracy fend off looters and thieves and help her friends and neighbors survive?
The EMP is only the beginning.
After the EMP: Darkness follows the Sloane family as they attempt to survive after a geomagnetic storm destroys the nation's power grid.
I enjoyed this book overall and I'm a big fan of authors that stay true their characters, but unfortunately this one doesn't quite do that. The majority of the characters do, but Madison most definitely does not. One minute she's resolute in her accepting the situation and what needs to be done (sometimes ugly things and sometimes selfish things) and the next minute she's whining about needing to divert to save a stranger even though the odds of success aren't good. She never manages to shake her 'people are actually all good if you just get to know them' and 'we have to help people even if it means one of us might die' notion. I understand people would definitely have an internal struggle with this, but her struggle is every chapter and just makes you wanna slap her.
If you get past that, like I said I enjoyed the book. It's nothing new along the lines of post apocalyptic, but I think it is a pretty accurate account of what life would be like within weeks of an event. The narration is awesome, switching between the 3 family members with 3 different readers. I would definitely recommend this book.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
Stopped listening with 1.5 hours left to go. Did not want to listen to the immature, irrational characters.
Spoiler Alert: Major mistakes of characters - trying to help strangers or people they barely knew over their own immediate families with bad results. Tracy hesitant to shoot a man pointing a shotgun as her daughter and talking when immediate action was needed. Threatening instead of action - threats a sign of weakness, broadcasts your intention. Brianna, Payton, Madison - college kids with college kid minds.
One good quote - Never ok to give up.
Nice information about sustainable gardening
Disrespect for headship - Tracy over riding her husband's decision when he was right. Madison thinking she knew more than her Dad. Madison had already encouraged a disastrous course when instead of going to the refuge, they went to try to rescue college students and walked into a trap getting members of their group killed. Then Madison decides she wants to take revenge. That is when I stopped listening.
Madison had not learned from the previous mistake - just focus on getting to your bugout location. Revenge is a stupid motive and a time waster.
The women and kids seemed mushy brained. The Dad should have gone with his gut instincts on 2 separate occasions.
I would have preferred more examples of good sense.
This might be enjoyable to a teenager.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
There is no doubt that the author can tell a story. My concerns come from the confusion with the idea that the author is an early twenty something with little to no life experience, the fact that she is writing for tweeners, or that she is trying to parody the ultra liberal populace. The amount of time that the characters spend “conflicted” is distracting and downright annoying. This renders the all af the characters unsympathetic leaving the reader ambivalent about the characters survival.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Kevin Pierce is an awesome narrator. these other two women suck. don't waste your money
A whiny little girl that I wanted to put out of my misery. So maybe I could hear how her parents and friends survived
I couldn't finish these book. The book has nothing to keep the reader excited. Just bland nothing.
I tried to give this book a chance, but in the end I just can’t give this book a good review. It’s hard for me because I don’t like to be critical. I mean some one put their heart and soul into this book. But, the author just needs to try again. Here is some advice. Once a character makes a decision...let that be it!! There was way too much agonizing over past decisions! Let your characters get a grip! I realize they are Californians, but even they can get it together. This group would have never made it out of their neighborhood. The narrators were good.
If you looking for a great listen this was a great book. I listen to alot of zombie books and changed it up to this and what a good idea it was.
At the end of the day, this is a story about what people with a lot of resources would do during an EMP strike. I guess it wasn’t all that it could be because it’s from the vantage point of an upscale middle-class college student, her learned farmer friend, and her soccer mom. I was left wondering about the untold story of people without resources who didn’t have a car full of food and water, firearms, and a daughter who understood exactly what was going on from the first paragraph. Apparently, the moral of the story is that if you can get to a far away, in the middle of nowhere house, you can grow your food and all will be well.
One of the main characters was a wishy washy whiner through at least half the book. But the storyline is plausible in most ways except for the cars still working. It’s also jam packed with a ton of interesting scenarios and info. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of this series being transferred to audiobook format!
It started out strong. It was a nice change having female characters in a SHTF situation that were more than just rape bait. The Voice acting was good.
The story fell apart from about half way through. All the “bad guys” seemed unrealistic.
Mostly the “heroes and heroines” of out tale blunder in to a place, with the intention of taking resources that weren’t theirs and come across someone else with the same intention. Then for some reason the other people are assumed to be “bad” and the “good” guys and gals set to attacking them.
By the end of the story it really seems that the main protagonists are just the type of self entitled, dangerous folks you would want to avoid in a societal collapse.