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The Pulse (Barren Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 2, 2017
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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It is rather scary. I lost sleep that thinking about what I would do, what I would need, the best options for food, (protein bars- light weight, small enough to be able to carry lots of them, but still providing the most necessary nutrients. And several of those Safe Straws that allow you to drink water from just about any source safely. And absolutely a gun and as much ammo as possible!) It took me a couple hours to finally drop back to sleep! The characters in the story were interesting, but there were a few real holes. They really didn’t take advantage of what was around them, surviving in more of a panic mode. These were smarter than average kids who would have thought things through more carefully, done more to protect themselves than they did. The ending really made no sense. There was no logic to them being out on the street setting up a blockade once they got “home.” They’d have all been inside a house, getting much needed rest and food before figuring out what to do next. I had forgotten that this was a multi-book series and was kind of taken aback at the story not really ending, hence 4 stars not 5. I try never to buy”series” because I feel it is a scam to force you to buy more books to continue the story. I hope all ends well as I won’t be buying more books to find out, just on principle.
A group of ten teenagers are touring an underground scientific facility when the deadly storm strikes, leaving everyone aboveground dead.
As the group tries to return to their hometown sixty miles away, one of the group sets himself up as leader, cementing his rule with violence against anyone who opposes him.
While this is a much different scenario than most PA stories, the author missed a few details that didn't ring true. Any vehicle that wasn't controlled by a computer module would not have been affected by the pulse. This would have been 1968 or earlier. The 1939s truck with a hand crank starter would have run, but it would need to have been crank started everytime it had been shut off. Therfore when the girl got in and restarted it after the collision, it would not have started.
The Collider facility was supposedly built in an old iron mine. The mine and the Collider would need it's own emergency power supply, usually supplied by a diesel generator, which would have come on as soon as the regular power failed. Diesel generators do not rely on computer modules... it would have worked.
Travelling across the desert without shelter. Every shallow arroyo would have steel or concrete ducts under the roadway. These appear every 2-300 yards and would be excellent to use as a shelter out of the sun.
The building at the collider would have a break room for employees, which would have some foodstuffs. A facility like that would always have a dozen or.more employees there at all times... not just a receptionist and two technicians. It just wouldn't happen.
A police station would have more weapons and ammunition than just what the officers on duty were carrying. Each officer would carry at least 24 rounds of extra ammunition if he were using a revolver, and up to 51 rounds if carrying an automatic. Since this is set in fairly modern times (the Collider, right?), the cops would be using autos, probably Glocks, since they are the most common police auto pistol. There would also be a shotgun and possibly a rifle in every police vehicle.
Cast iron manhole covers weigh upwards of 100 lbs and usually require a steel hook to lift them out of the collar. Not saying that a really strong person couldn't lift one out with a fingertip, but it would really be a stretch.
Although the story was pretty entertaining, the flaws ruined it for me. It appears that not much research was done before the writing began. If you can overlook these flubs and others, give this book a shot. The premise is unusual enough in this genre, you might be entertained.
Her surviving classmates have to survive. Tensions rise. There's the smell of decomposing bodies everywhere. Cell phones don't work so Laney doesn't even know if her father is still alive. He was out of town and on the other side of the country so she has hope.
I loved this book. I've actually already finished the 2nd one, The Storm, and will be reviewing that shortly also. I love the characters. They seem just like normal kids and I really want to know where this story goes. I should add that I did receive the book free for an honest review.