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This book was pretty ok. If the timeline had been spread out a little, it would have been more believable. I really don't think within 12 hours of all electricity, cars, internet, etc. going out, that the whole country will be raping, pillaging, murdering, etc. Yah, some places will loot, there were be gangs shooting at each other, but regular suburban folks and college kids will take a little longer before they're ready to gag, bound and rape the neighbors. Also, people don't get filthy in less then 24 hours. A couple of kids were locked in a class room with their teacher for less than 24 hours. By the time they were found, the children were filthy. How? Were they covered in cobwebs from playing around in the storage closet? And food doesn't reek in this amount of time either. In Fall temps climate, you can leave a chunk of raw meat out on the counter and it will not reek the following day. It may have a smell, but nothing to the extent that you're gagging. (I couldn't recall the time of year in the book, but no one complained about it being hot without air conditioners or too cold without heaters)
Another thing that really bugged me, and I'll try not to give spoilers. The change in a character's behavior/substance abuse had me doing a double take. I actually rewound to make sure this was the same person. You don't go from being a suit & tie exec one day to being a street junkie willing to do anything for a pill the next.....literally ANYTHING. That made absolutely no sense. Plus, if someone had done what he did (pretty bad thing at the end) I would not ask him to take care of my family. I'd made sure he died and was never around them again.
So to sum it up......if these things had occurred over a longer period of time, the book would have been worlds better and very believable as what could really happen to us if the electricity went out. And if the street junkie had been written as such.....like an exec with a horrible pill/drug/alcohol addiction from the very first, his actions could have been believable too.
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I'm so glad I gave this a chance because I ended up really enjoying this. It's a really good Post Apocalyptic read and one I hope will become better as the series progresses.
This focuses on the aftermath of an EMP that happened without warning. We see what it's like to try to survive in a world gone mad. I always enjoy a Post Apocalyptic story like this because I find that this is something that could happen! It's scary to think about really!!
Plot wise this is relatively fast paced. The EMP happens within the first few paragraphs and what follows is, an often time, scary look at what it could be like. I thought the author did a great job of describing what happened and did his research when it comes to EMPs.
Character wise, while there are a few different POVs in the book, it isn't hard to follow who was talking. The book follows Thomas and his quest to collect his daughter. Along the way he meets a policeman (whos POV is part of the story) and his nurse wife, a homeless man who is ex military (who accompanies Thomas), and a few other people. Each of the characters have their own story which comes together to create the whole! I loved seeing the different POVs and thought that it added more to the overall feel of the book.
In all this was an enjoyable listen. I started it and couldn't take out my earplugs because I needed to see what would happen next. It's a fast paced and thrilling read and I am looking forward to more from these characters.
Mitchell Lucas did a great job with this. He gave subtle changes to his tone for each character which came across really well. He was easy to listen to and read well. I'm glad he didn't try to do a girls voice because often times when a male narrator does try, it comes across as weird!! Not so with Mitchell, he gave just enough of a change to know that it's a female that was talking at the time.
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