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- Print Length: 379 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692781625
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KBU6VVU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barren Waters - The Complete Novel: (A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Survival) Kindle Edition
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If you're looking for the more typical post-apocalyptic story, with our noble hero mowing down zombies, surviving against all odds, and generally saving the day, then this book may not satisfy you.
Instead, this book is full of real people. They make mistakes as well as winning small victories. They make poor choices as well as good ones. Sometimes things work out, and sometimes one tragedy piles upon the next until you don't really see how people can go on.
The story follows three generations of a family as environmental damage finally brings the earth to a point where it can no longer nurture the lives of the people, and creatures, that inhabit it. As society begins to collapse, the family we're following finds itself better off than most, though life is harsh for everyone. And when everyone is living on the edge of disaster, mistakes can have deadly consequences. Through all the ups and downs and across decades of continued decline, the author lets you feel every nuanced doubt and hope nurtured inside the heads of the central characters.
That nuance, that ability to get the reader to truly feel what the characters are feeling, as well as to paint a realistic environment for the characters to live in, is another thing that sets this book apart. The reader can feel all the pain, the joy, the guilt, and the fear that makes up life after the apocalypse.
So no, this isn't the slash-and-burn action fest that readers in this genre might be expecting. It's something with much more depth and, ultimately, more meaning. And that makes it worth every page.
This story follows Liam and Olivia, who are preppers, shortly before and through the collapse, and Jeremy and Sam, their son and granddaughter, 50 years after. It's interesting to get both perspectives as the story moves back and forth between each pair. We get to experience the buildup to the crash and go through it while simultaneously seeing the effects, short and long term.
There are some extremely hard decisions made along the way, some that are dangerous and some that are heartbreaking. Seeing what they go through dealing with survival, scavenging, diabetes, severe medical issues, and really bad people make for some pretty intense scenes that had me fully immersed. I love the stories that make the world around you disappear for awhile.
If you like survival stories, teotwawki, or are interested in being prepared then you will want to read this book. It is unputdownable more often than not.
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