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I read post-apocalypse fiction because I like to see how others see situations developing and how they propose to deal with them. The great value of this story is the description of how most people will find it almost impossible to face the reality of what life will be like after the grid goes down. This is well and accurately depicted, I think.
Because my approach to the subject is learning I am loathe to put an author down who is making a sincere effort, and I commend this author for his sincere effort. But I will make one suggestion: Do an outline and a characterization chart for your characters so you can keep track of their personalities and their perspectives on events they experience. The only problem I had here was what seemed to be Madison flip-flopping back and forth between a full understanding of the situation one minute and refusing to face the reality the next. I had to review previous paragraphs several times to be sure of who was speaking or reacting. The other characters were a little better developed and consistent, but not by much.
The characters are interesting and well enough developed to become people you might actually know, and this makes the plot that much better and that much more believable. Unlike some novels that deal with social or infrastructure collapse scenarios, this one progresses at a pace that stimulates page-turning but that is also thoughtful and reasonable. The technical background information is handled well for readers who know nothing or little about it, but it occurs through dialog in a manner that does not slow the story or distract from the action.
The action is believable, and the decisions and thoughts of the characters are described in a way that is both entertaining and to a certain extent thought-provoking. The incidents of violence are quite believable as are the descriptions of ordinary people doing ordinary things despite the remarkable event that will alter their lives forever.
This book is not an apocalypse survival guide disguised as a novel, but rather an interesting novel with useful insights into preparation and decisions that might make the difference between surviving or not. Above all, it is a pleasure to read, something I generally expect from good fiction.
This Is one of those books that I usually wouldn't take a chance on reading. I'm not a big fan with most of the "end of the world" synopsis. However, I'm glad I gave this particular book a chance. The story seamlessly flows with the contrast of characters and the events that occur within the book. It captures your attention from the start and you'll find yourself not being able to stop until the very end. I found myself really enjoying this book and look forward to the remainder of the series. One of my very first reads from this Author and definitely plan on checking out her future works. I recommend you do the same In return.
This book is here to lay the groundwork for what is going to happen in the next two books from what I gather. Maddison is the type of girl who never had to struggle and pretty innocent to how people can be cruel. If it wasn't for the fact that she has friends that have seen the horrible nature of the world and are prepared for how weird stuff could get she wouldn't have survived.
Her mother Terry, on one hand, really does come into her own sense of understanding through out this book. Some people have written about her best scene in the book but there are also a lot of other bits in her story leading up to the standoff that really makes you want to learn more about her past. I hope the author talks about her past more in the second book.
All an all if you are looking for a high action ride type of book this is not for you. If you want to see a progression that will continue into another book this could peak your interest.