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- Print Length: 111 pages
- Publication Date: January 17, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJBJVY8
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Crash (Book One): A Dark Post-Apocalyptic Tale. Kindle Edition
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This book to me is first of all an exercise of "what if?"
What if the economic crises turned into a global economy crash? One in such large scale that even the stronger structured countries would fall?
What if you found yourself on a life or death situation where all depends not only of your own decisions, but those of another?
How far would you go to survive and protect a loved one?
As such an exercise, this book is actually very good for it makes you wonder what would happen in the worse case scenario and your heart beats in a constant race as you accompany these characters' struggle.
Obviously I have questions. The major one is: How could a well structured society like the English one fall so deep in only six months to the point that there is no sector of that society working anymore and anarchy rules? I needed to have read about the domino effect that brought us to where we are.
That to me is the only reason why I didn't give this book one more star. Not the extremely graphic, visceral and raw violence, because that part of the story makes perfect sense to me. Extreme situations tend to bring the best and worse of human nature. This is just a portrait of our darkest side written (as this author usually does) on the perfect pace to make you sweat.
As for the characters (especially Chris and Michael since we see the action from their perspective) they seem real and not at all plain to me. Is Chris weak? He's on survival mode, what would you expect? Were you in his shoes would you turn into a terminator all of a sudden? This is a normal guy we are talking about, not someone with military background and certainly not someone with an arsenal at home. This is a frightened human being and all his reactions are human, even his morbid voyeurism is a typical trace of his humanity, kind like slowing down at a car crash site.
As for Michael's mistakes, he is but a kid for heaven's sake! And a terrified one.
The wife has actually more layers than Chris thought she had (as he finds out later).
Dean is a psycho with the perfect playground to play in. People like him would definitely thrive if this situation came to happen.
Then why, would you ask, do the others follow him? To those who make themselves that question I ask: Why did millions follow Hitler? Charisma, pure and simple charisma. His madness spoke to others because their situation was less than ideal. His speech was appealing to their needs and frustrations. In my opinion that's what happens here.
What about George who clearly does not approve of Dean's actions?
From what I've read here, George is on the verge of rebellion but is not quite there yet (that is something I'd like to see on the next book). Right now he's still a part of the group (about to break free, however still there). Chris' mistake was not realizing that.
To end...Is it a nerveracking experience to read this book?
Of course. That's what makes it so good.
However, on the other hand, I don't think I will read the next in the series, at lest not right now. The depressing and loss of hope in the story is magnified by our own current political situation as our country slips slowly into the darkness. It's a little too much for me.