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- Print Length: 464 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 6, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MI3Z5OS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Grid Down Reality Bites: Voume 1 Part 1 Kindle Edition
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Meaning: If you like it, don't expect the same level of quality in the following volumes (of which their are many).
The author did a pretty good job (for a first attempt) at writing a straightforward, end-of-the-world action novel. There was enough action to keep you interested and (with a couple of notable exceptions) just enough character development to not get in the way. Unfortunately, the following volumes are not as even. As you can read in my review of "Part 2"... it seems that someone decided that the following books needed to be mostly filled with endless internal dialogue that is better suited for romance novels.
Don't get me wrong, when the story moves into the action sequences, they are very good... but then... they slip back into endless, "Gee, I wonder if he/she likes me?" -dialogue, which simply does not belong in this kind of story to such a large degree.
So... enjoy this book... and then be VERY careful about buying another in the series... not only are they overpriced for their length and quality, but you will probably find yourself doing what I did... reading the good parts and then paging through chapters of inane dialogue just to get back to "the good stuff".
Anyway, just to let those who don't realize (because I'm on my third book and was wondering what happened to the characters in each book) - the second volumes pick up on these families. For example - "Grid Dow-Reality" Bites Vol. 1 is continued in "Grid Down-Perceptions of Reality" Vol. 1 (instead of Vol. 2 in Reality Bites). Duh - this info is probably right out there for me to see but I didn't. Just realized it this morning out of the blue! Love the characters and how they deal with the changing brutal world.
One major complaint - all the female characters are, at one time or another, emotional/hysterical idiots. While I'd agree most women are overly-emotional airheads (and I'm a woman), this doesn't always seem true to form. There's one character, in particular, in vol 1 part 2 or 3 who starts out as a fairly rational, logical, competent individual, very much in contrast to an airhead who's only interested in her latest pair of shoes. Yet in a later volume she, too, turns into a ranting, raving nutcase trying to prevent the "warrior" she married from fighting or risking his life. Perhaps this echoes what the author has experienced, but my major dislike of every female character weakened the story for me.. I'm also a bit tired of the meme I've seen in so many of these TEOTWAWKI stories where all women become sexual commodities and have to fear gang rapes - from White men. No, reality doesn't reflect this and I seriously doubt White American men are just waiting for a societal collapse to become major sexual predators.