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the writing was boring and at times
on January 10, 2016
To me personally, the writing was boring and at times, poor. The first person narration ended up being more like a list style, such as "I did this then I did this and this" which bores me. A good chunk of the book talks about survival equipment, which is cool and interests readers, but not in the list style narration. There are long paragraphs dedicated to what was taken out of what bag, and it is so repetitive over the 500 pages I find it unnecessary. But that's my opinion. There are also some other characters in this book you encounter along the way who narrate certain chapters, and the humor between them is very cheesy. I found myself laughing at the book rather than with the characters, and again, just my opinion. Overall for what I was expecting, this book was too long for the material it covers. It would be a better read if it was cut in half because most of the details are pointless and do not aid in the story line advancement. This is the first in a series of 5 I believe, but I do not plan to continue reading the others. I feel like the author had a good story line set up, but the execution of it throughout the book missed the mark. For example, the main character has a wife and 3 daughters, and you don't learn the names of his daughters until halfway through the story. He barely touches on the man's personal life, and if this is a book about the character trying everything to return to his family, I would have liked to know him and his family better in order to relate to him and actually emotionally invest in the book. I am disappointed. If you are looking for a similar story line with better details and writing, I would suggest the book One Second After and the sequel, One Year After by William Forstchen. I finished them the day before starting this book, and they are by far superior in terms of storyline, emotional investment in the characters,and being much more realistic. I thought this would be very similar to those books as the basic storyline is the same, however I was disappointed.