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Ed's short fiction has appeared in a few dozen magazines and anthologies, including AE and Fantastique Unfettered. In addition to the Breakers novels, he's the author of the epic fantasy series The Cycle of Arawn. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he currently lives in the LA area with his fiancee. As with all authors, he has the mandatory two dogs and one cat.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480131997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480131996
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hes done it again! I was so absorbed in this post-apocolyptic tale that i forgot to eat, sleep and blink!If you loved The Breakers you"ll love this too! He leaves you wanting more every time and this one ends in a twist that brings the whole story around. Thanks Ed!
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I have to confess I was a little leery when I sat down to read Melt Down. I'd enjoyed Breakers so much I worried that Melt Down couldn't help but disappoint. I need not have worried. Melt Down is every bit as enjoyable as Breakers. Even more, it advances the Breakers series in exciting and unexpected ways. I actually thought this book was going to be retelling the same events over the same period of time but with a different set of characters. It is a different set of characters (mostly!) but while the story starts at the same time, it doesn't end there. And just as with Breakers, some of the twists completely caught me off guard while still being believable.

There are three things I especially appreciate about Robertson: His writing is clear, concise and straightforward without being simple; his characters are very complicated, but Robertson keeps them sympathetic and engaging; and he ends almost every chapter with a great little cliffhanger or reveal that keeps you turning the pages. Trust me, that isn't easy.

As I said in my review of Breakers, Robertson's work can stand alongside other dystopian classics like The Stand and Footfall. If you're a fan of the genre, you don't want to miss this series.
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By Lia on October 29, 2012
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Meltdown (Breakers) ruined my weekend! I could NOT stop reading this book. This 2nd book about a plague on earth offered different perspectives from new characters. It is linked to the first book but can also be enjoyed by those who have not read the first book. This author's style of writing is really enjoyable to read and there are plenty of surprises along the way. The author reveals motive behind the plague in this book in the Breakers series. It is science fiction-ish, but the relationships between characters are well-developed, which I enjoyed very much. PIck up this book! I know you will enjoy it. Melt Down (Breakers)Breakers
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I really liked the first book in this series and was surprised to see another set in the same world. The characters in this book had me hooked in the first chapters and kept me there until the end.

I put Edward W. Robertson in my short list of favorite independent authors.
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And I have read them all. The 1st book in the series was great reading, the second was even better and the 3rd and the 3rd is sheer perfection. In Mr Robinson I have discovered a new favorite writer. In this series there was no one wasted sentence or scene, the writing just flowed and kept my interest throughout. Each book flowed into the next and the ending, for a change, left me feeling not only satisfied but also pensive. This is writing that can be read by anyone, no matter age level, but be prepared to use your thinking faculties as this is above average writing, writing for the informed, writing that keeps you involved.
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The Breakers universe has some unique angles in the PA genre - there is an apocalypse in the form of a pandemic that wipes out 99.9% of the world's population, and just as the remnants of humanity are trying to reassemble, an alien invasion twists everything into knots.

Robertson's first book was ambitious and rough around the edges, but this second volume shows a marked improvement in overall writing style. (Thankfully, we are down to only a couple of instances of "keened/keening" in this installment.)

Now that the Breakers universe is set up, Robertson is going exploring. In Melt Down, the plot centers around two pairs of siblings - an older sister/adolescent brother and an older brother/adolescent brother. In the second case, the "adolescent" brother is 25, but shows far more immaturity than the 13-year-old boy in the parallel storyline.

While giving us just enough new information about the aliens in Breakers to generate a whole new set of questions (they wiped out humanity because they saw it as a foreign body to mother Earth?)...Robertson succeeds in writing a double story of how blood and family triumph over everything. The brother/sister and brother/brother combos go through absolute Hell, mentally, emotionally and physically. Yet the bonds of family make all the difference in the story.

Fans of the first book get a bonus in that Walt shows up on the second - in a re-telling of an interesting chapter of Breakers I and in an epilogue that opens up great anticipation for the third volume, Knifepoint.

Only minor disappointments for me: I wish Alden's character wasn't written as thinly as he's described physically - maybe we'll get a chance to see this character in a future book.
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I took far too long to read this. It's always a bad sign for me when I start (and complete) other books while still reading this one. However, I did keep returning to it, so something pulled me back! The plotting and characterization were very haphazard, with characters changing personality traits with out any explanation. I would have liked more about the aliens, though there are other books, so I imagine if I want more, I can find it... I won't read any of the other books but I did finish this one, so that's a 3 star rating from me...
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