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I have a weakness for disaster, plague, famine, EMP, earthquake... coping and surviving the challenges books. "One Second After," "Alas Babylon," "Jakarta Pandemic," "The Road," and "77 Days" are all books I have really enjoyed. I have purchased a bunch of other books looking for similar and often end up with over-the-top preppers, zombies, profanity and violence. Although definitely not perfectly written... a slow start, some unbelievable events and a tell instead of show ending... "Cyberstorm" will still be part of my much enjoyed list.
It is set, mostly, in a New York apartment building as a cyber attack takes down communication, feeds misinformation, crashes computers... heat, water, power, shipping, radio, TV are all gone... of course, in the midst of a series of winter storms. You get to know the neighbors from the old couple with tea and biscuits, to the criminal, the prepper, the friends, the kids and the doorman as they deal with the ensuing and long lasting chaos. Of course, technology and "hackers" are both the villains and stars.
Language is clean, minor sexual innuendos, some intense violence and un-witnessed cannibalism. Probably PG-13 read but R if made into movie. Have fun. I love that it is complete... no next book to buy to learn the ending.
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I’m shocked there are so many 4- and 5-star reviews of this book. Rather than it being a story “bending perception and reality… where nothing is what it seems,” it’s more like a soap opera or a Lifetime Original Movie with all the high drama between the narrator and his wife. He’s a beta-male who’s married to a bitch. He says things like: “I met her gaze but then dropped my eyes, giving her that space,” or “She glared at me, and I shrank back.” Their rather icky relationship issues extend through the first 26 audio chapters (there are only 65 total), until they quickly and blandly resolve everything. And since they’re not very likable anyway, it really didn’t matter.
When the internet goes down and the blizzard begins, followed by outages of the city’s power and water services, nothing that happens afterwards is unexpected. However there isn’t a lot of action in the way this story is told. We get a tremendous amount of internal rumination from the narrator, including detailed descriptions of several dreams he has (dreams are the worst!). Events mainly unfold secondhand, through his observations of stuff happening to other people (including many, many CNN reports) and through conversations with others about current issues, terrorism, health and safety tips, history, China and the Middle East, prepper ideas, social media, and events that are happening, have happened, and/or could potentially happen in the future.
It was an extremely tedious story that was far too long and didn't really go anywhere. I don't know why or how I actually finished it, but I wish I hadn't.
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