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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
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.