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This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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On a positive note, I found myself reading this book without ceasing as the story is very engaging. Foreshadowing is cleverly used to hook the reader into reading forward if only to see whether the reader's hunches about the chain of events are correct. If you are a fan of TEOTWAWKI novels, you will not be disappointed.
Although a work of fiction, the author presents you with a view into the everyday struggle to provide sustenance and security for the people suddenly thrown into a life without electricity and the need to form a strong community determined to work hard to survive the challenges and threats they now face.
Take a look at what your life might become without warning, are you a survivor or a victim?
The book is action packed and keeps you turning the pages. It generally portrays the results of an EMP fairly accurately (some items I think wouldn't be around are solar cells, CB radios and pharmaceuticals after about 6 weeks). However, the book doesn't really portray how people would organize for a recovery. The hero of the book is Mark Turner. But the real heroes of an EMP recovery will be some engineering team at Texas Instruments who figure out how to get chip lines operating again. The real impact of an EMP isn't the loss of power. It is the loss of chips. No chips means no power, no transportation and no medical instruments beyond a stethoscope (even thermometers are digital these days). No medical instruments or pharmaceutical supplies (once the inventory is run through) means massive epidemics. The failure to address the recovery disappointed me like another good book, "One Second After..." Since no one seem to want to write about what it would take to recover, I did. My book is, "One Second After....in San Diego". My hero is the US military. They will survive an EMP with their planes, comm gear and trucks because they are radiation hardened. DHS and FEMA would fall on their face trying to help the US recover, but the 1 million man military will not. What do I know about chips and radiation? I worked as an engineer on satellites and we had to worry about it. I have friends that ran chip lines and designed chips. In fact, my uncle (George Williams) was the head of research at Texas Instruments before becoming Vice President.
I initially was tittering on a 3 star story but really from the half way point to the ending it was a griping read, this is could be made into a good mini series for TV...
Write another story mr Crawford , you are a gifted writer and will get better at your craft... Thank you for a great mind story