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2.75 out of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I love weather books. I’m actually mad that there aren’t more out there that include the weather freaking out and how people are surviving (or not) through it all. So, when I first saw this series I was ecstatic. As I said at the start of my review of the first book: “I love weather stories. I took a meteorology class in college because I wanted to learn more about extreme weather. I also (if you couldn’t tell by my other reviews) love post-apocalyptic books so when I saw that this seemed to combine both of them into one package I was pretty excited.”
Honestly, I’m going to re-use some of my last reviews, because it fits for this book too.
First and foremost — this is a post-apocalyptic book. Not the zombie apocalypse or an EMP strike. But mother nature unleashing her fury and leveling part of the earth. It’s not as much about the weather as it is about the survival of one family. This book especially, because the Tornadoes have passed and they are now left with the destruction of everything and the potential to rebuild. But the sun is beating down on them and zapping all the water they have left.
Tom Kruse’s narration was a little rough. He definitely over-acted the entire book and it made parts of it hard to listen to. A tip that some/most audiobook reviewers won’t give you — speed the book up a little. Sometimes small things that bother me at normal speed go away at faster speeds. That was the case with Tornado Warning. Kruse’s voice definitely became less of an annoyance and more of a narration at faster speeds. I wrote that for the last book and for this book it was exactly the same. Kruse did a good job but definitely overacted some of it. There were scenes that could have used this dramatization, but most of them were just a normal scene that Kruse decided to add a lot of drama.
The biggest issue that I had with this book was HOW THE HECK DID THEY STAY COOL? I know the temps were supposedly around 120 degrees during the day and that they were in a basement, but I promise you I used to live in a basement of a house without AC and it never got to 120 outside, but it was not “comfortably cool” all summer down there. I think that Tate should have covered the issue of heat, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration (even inside) and that would have bumped my rating on this book up a bit.
Overall, an okay story with an okay narration. I noticed that there was a third book in the series and I believe it deals with winter — I’m intrigued but I feel like I should remember: “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.