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Josh here. The third entry in this quadrilogy was absolutely fantastic. As my title hints at, the book is very surreal in that it drew me into a world that felt less like fiction and more like reality. This leads me to the second adjective in my description of this book being terrifying. The realism with which the various groups in this story are described is nothing short of breathtaking. Knowing full well what the world would descend into upon the loss of law and order, Nick has really driven home this aspect of our nature and the tendency towards chaos without some form of oversight or governance.
I am going to try and write this review without spoilers so I am likely going to end up leaving out some details I really want to include. Let me start out by saying that I was fearful, at multiple points in the story, that Nick was going the way of George R. R. Martin and was set on killing off main characters in the series. Those of you who have read this series to date will know the characters I am referring to. I pushed through, regardless of my feelings at the time, and was very pleased with the outcome of this story. Needless to say, I am now certain that Nick is a mad man in the way he writes, a method which keeps you on the edge of your seat as you hang on for a very emotional ride.
There are very key aspects of humanity which Nick hits on in the story, a trait I have noted in every series he has written. In a wartime situation, how does one decide who is granted access to a town that is already strapped for resources? How do you make the hard decisions that are required in a time of crisis, something Charlize finds herself faced with at various points in this novel? When resources are limited, how do you decide where those resources are distributed to, such as the case of the Charlotte Survival Center? These are decisions I would not want to make myself, nor are they decisions I could ever imagine making or wish upon someone else to make.
One of the key things I picked up on in this powerful novel was how to explain to a child what was happening, had happened, or was going to happen. As parents, we often want to shield our children from the evils of the world while also preparing them to survive in it. In a situation such as the one found in Trackers, some of the citizens are faced with explaining to their children what is going on. This is seen with the encounter Dave had towards the end of the novel as he is forced into an action his young mind was ill-prepared for.
Another aspect of humanity that I found intriguing was the betrayal which took place later in the novel. The specific scene I am referring to involved Don and was immediately reminiscent to Nick’s other work, Extinction Cycle, where-by a carrier group was almost taken over by a rogue military officer.
You see various groups come to the forefront in this novel as society is in shambles and attempts to maintain some semblance of order. The gangs bring about a new dynamic and challenge for those who seeking order and peace.
I won’t give a spoiler but I will see that I found myself drawn to Raven and Creek in this entry. Additionally, Nick really got me thinking with this novel as to just how unprepared most are for a situation such as this. What do you do when the luxuries (which, we have to admit that is what electricity and the technologies we have today are) we are so used to are gone? What happens when another country enters ours as an occupying force?
This is an easy 5/5 entry from my favorite author. The prologue and epilogue of this story are fantastic as well and the prologue shows just how much research Nick puts into his stories. This is one trait that draws me into his work and shows his desire for being thorough in telling a tale.
With the state of the world today, Trackers leaves me with just one question: ”Where will I be when the EMP attack occurs?” Nick might be a fiction/sci-fi writer, but this is a story that is quickly looking more and more like it was a Nostradamus style foreshadowing of things to come.
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Smith yet again nailed it. I'm loving the Trackers stories! continuing to follow the people of Estes park and what remains of the U.S. government after the world altering EMP attacks by NK. Smith makes you feel right in the middle! highly recommend this series to everyone!
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