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- Publication date : January 17, 2014
- File size : 6086 KB
- Print length : 131 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00DJBJVY8
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,035 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yes, I get that in a world like that, swearing isn't going to be that uncommon. Heck, it isn't uncommon now. But I honestly felt like story development was ignored for the sake of dropping as many f-bombs as possible.
The characters are one-dimensional, and you don't really find yourself caring if anyone survives other than the dog. And that was not a pleasant part of the book...skip the book if you like animals at all.
Chris has a nice, easy life with a beautiful wife, two loving children, and a good paying job in banking. Or at least he did until the European economy tanked, taking away his job and straining his marriage and relationship with his kids. With dwindling supplies, Chris and his family have hunkered down in their home, hoping to ride out the threat of looting. When scavengers come for the luxury homes in his neighborhood, Chris and his son Michael watch in horror as their neighbors are dragged out of their homes and brutally beaten by a deranged scavenger. Driven by an urge to survive, Chris does as much as he can to protect himself and his son before it becomes their turn to face the same fate.
Unrelentingly brutal, this story depicts the harsh potential reality of events when an economy tanks and people decide to take what they need, or more accurately want, to survive. Though the story presents an interesting premise, it takes far too long in its short duration, oscillating between current events and the past events that have contributed to society's progression to now, to get to the heart of the matter. The writing is well crafted as it brings the reader along through the fear that develops as the narrative progresses; however, the character development is lacking, making it difficult to become invested in Chris or Michael, beyond hoping that they don't meet the same gruesome, violent fate as their unfortunate neighbors (and that poor dog - definitely didn't need to have detailed that so much!).
Overall, I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Now I will admit that the story is good, but it has way too much violence in it. I love books that have violence in them, but this was too much even for my tastes. I mean do I really need to read like 5 pages about how a guy is trying to run over a child's head with his car while the kid is still alive for no reason other than he's really messed up in the head? Or another 5 pages about how he brutally tortures and beats the living daylights out of a dog? Seriously, who wants to read about that? Maybe you do, but I don't! That's just the author trying to be shocking in order to keep us reading his books.
Overall the concept is pretty interesting, and it's one that I feel could realistically happen. The world's economy could collapse and we could really be in trouble. That makes me want to keep reading and find out more about what happens next in this series, but the author really needs to tone down the violence. You don't have to be shockingly graphic and violent just to get your reader's attention, you just have to tell a good story.
I'm conflicted about this one. Read at your own risk.
Robertson uses a fairly decent writing ability to produce a plot that is nothing but violent. And when I say violent, I am using too gentle a word. It is graphic, pointless, barbaric, mentally ill, and unnecessary. George, the hero, and I use that term loosely, is insipid and one-dimensional. His reasons for not helping the situation, when he is fully able and has multiple opportunities, are unjustified.
The series starts with a young boy of ten and his father. Even here the father is impotent and stupid. His son keeps running to the window when the violence of the story is kicking off, and the father has no control over him. Their lives depend upon them not being seen. How can a father in this kind of danger pat his kid on the head, basically call him a moron, and then end with: just don't do it again. You grab the kid by the arm and don't let go. You swat him on butt if you have to. No one will call children's services.
The book is cold, dark, depressing, and a string of nearly pornographic violence. I'd read it at night and get up in the morning wondering why I was depressed until I realized it was mood hangover from this book. It doesn't deserve to be a book, let alone be listed in this genre. It's vomit on a page.
Very little time is spent on set up about why the world is where it is. There is an unrealistic portrayal of the upper class and also of the other classes in our socio-economic stratifications. The broad brush is too simplistic. Not every wealthy person is stupid, lazy and fat. And at the other end of the spectrum, not everyone is a brainless human butcher and cannibal. Not to mention how unrealistic it is to cage the women in dead, freezing temperatures, exposed and without food still surviving after a few days. They'd be dead, especially when they are brutalized by the small gang in a sexual.
The only saving grace for me is that it was free with my Kindle Unlimited. But if you don't have that option, use your dollars for Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last.
Top reviews from other countries
The narrative didn’t stray from the house and the street, but a lot happened to make your toes curl. I didn’t see one plot twist coming, and perhaps that was because even when it was revealed I couldn’t get my head around it. No spoilers, but as a parent, a certain action did not make sense. The backstory between husband and wife was present, but not the other divide.
The ending sets up book two which no doubt will be as gory and shocking as book one.
The story is set in an apocalyptic world with no rules or crime punishment. The fittest survivors turn out to be the most dangerous, volatile men.
Even the protagonist, Chris, father of two and recently abandoned by his wealth-hungry wife, Isn't the fairest of men although he himself turns out to be the hunted prey.
The villain is a psychotic, volatile, blood-thirsty tyrant. It's very soon apparent to the reader that he's got some strong dysfunctional personality disorder.
Don't expect a happy ending, although personally I enjoyed reading the novel and it gives a lot of thinking material for what you would do in this dystopian future.
Yes it's graphic - possibly unnecessarily so in parts but given the current economic climate, we are already overdue a financial collapse. Exponentially increasing debts everywhere, insane politicians making the most messed up decisions and allowing the continual enrichment of already rich people and ignoring climate change. Dwindling natural resources, the americans constantly trying to go to war. You can be pretty sure, that ours or the next generation will be utterly screwed.
So although people like the particular types looters in the book will be very few and far between because these ones seemed to enjoy inflicting pain, there probably will be some somewhere.
And about the book, I can't say I particularly gelled with the characters so I wasn't overly gutted about what happened to some of them.
I did, however, like the touch where the story flitted from present to past.
Not a bad book.