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W W I V: In The Beginning (Volume 1) Paperback – July 5, 2014
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This is about an EMP, and the hero, Bill, is optimistically clueless. First he waits around for things to settle down, hoping his wife will show up, and trying to keep the neighborhood from falling apart. His two children and his wife had been visiting her parents, and the kids were going to stay for a while. After a couple of weeks he decides to head out to find his family. He puts a few supplies in a child carrier and heads off on his bike. He has a gun a neighbor left for him, and a bit of ammo, but he forgets to bring it. Oops. After running into some problems on the road, he goes back for the gun.
Now, this book is fairly well written, but poor Bill is so naive it made me cringe. I mean, at one point he loses his extra ammo because he forgot it. Again, oops.
There isn't as much violence as is often the case in prepper fiction, but there wasn't much prepping either.
Results: Ok. Nothing new or different, but it was free, and if you disregard the title you might enjoy it.
This has always been my favorite genre since I bought Alas Babylon way back in 1972 in junior high school. The dozens of books I've read and movies I've seen in this genre all have one thing in common, that is, the main characters are either well prepared and/or know how to figure things out. That's what makes this book unique for me. The main character and most of his neighbors are fricking clueless! While that bothered me at first, it suddenly dawned on me that this book is looking at what the vast majority of people will be doing when the lights go out. They'll have their heads so far up their backsides they'll be able to see the light coming through their nostrils. They'll not have the slightest idea what to do, a total inability to think out of the box, and they'll be doing nothing while waiting for someone in government to come and rescue them from themselves.
If your IQ is higher than celery you'll find yourself shouting, "You idiot!" as you read this book. For example, they're wasting valuable plastic trash bags for triple bagging their smelly garbage because A.) they are too stupid to compost the organics so it won't smell in the first place, B.) they can't think out of the box enough to use the bags for collecting rainwater after wasting all their water flushing toilets, and C.) Oh my god! We can't BURN our garbage like people did for 10,000 years!
These are exactly the stupid things Boobus americanus will be doing if the lights ever went out after an EMP.
Lastly, while the main character obviously isn't a prepper with a 285 IQ, he's definitely a decent guy and we can only hope there are lots more like him when the lights go out.
Good job e a lake!
It stutters and starts a bit... Dwells when it shouldn't and races when it mustn't! For example, there are almost as many pages dedicated to 36 hours spent under a tree in the rain (where NOTHING happens) as there are dedicated to the final 8 months.
Like other, the ending felt hurried and slapped together after all the time and detail spent on some other minor incidences.
But all that aside, this story has real promise... While I admit that if this was offered by an established author I would have been hard pressed to offer 3 stars, I would certainly read the next offering by Lake.
I am a professional at suspending disbelief... One HAS to be, to be a Voracious Reader and to feed on the genres that I do! Unfortunately, this one just required TOO many instances and TOO extreme of suspensions to get a better recommendation.
For 0.99, give it a try... Just go into it with reasonable expectations and you should be just fine as there are some good characters, a fair basis and a decent storyline to be had here.