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Pulse: A Christian Apocalyptic Thriller: World Gone Dark (The Pulse Effex Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : August 25, 2015
- File Size : 10024 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 264 pages
- ASIN : B014GQEKZE
- Publisher : Lilliput Press; 2nd edition (August 25, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #606,349 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Told through the eyes of three teenaged girls, this apocalyptic tale not only looks at the difficult times after an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), but also views it from three different and real perspectives. The three friends, Andrea, Lexie, and Sarah, each experience the EMP event in a different way. However, each has similar concerns -- "I wish my phone worked." "I want to see my friends." "When do I get to take a shower?" Through the story Andrea, Lexie, and Sarah grow up, begin to care for others, and learn that there is life beyond high school social events.
L.R. Burkard presents the EMP event as real as possible, given no one knows the real results of such an event. Her research is well done, thus making the story more compelling. It's not a story of unending violence. It is a story of what may more likely be people's reaction. Burkard also present an element of Christianity without "Bible thumping." Like the rest of her story, the Christian family is believable in their reactions and their faith.
I will be purchasing this book and the others for my grandchildren; and I will be reading more about Andrea, Lexie, and Sarah as I continue the series.
Three teen girls from the same clique at school can't get to each other or school. Written in their points of view in their journals, first person. And not too much teen romantic angst.
Sounds like my kind of book.
If it had stayed with the above status I would have loved it.
It was a political anti-everyone that isn't them propaganda. Gun carrying prolifers--only ours, no one else's counts. Judgemental as all get out.
I believe the best Christians are humble and caring for others. No matter whether they think or look like me or not. 'We are all made in the image of God.' 'Judge not lest ye be judged.' 'Thou shalt not kill.' The christians in this book represent a lot of people who pick and choose which verses to preach believing it makes them more holy.
Stepping off my soapbox now. There were plenty of different scenarios in how folks are dealing with this new world. In real life right now, we are going through a very cold snowy winter so a lot is believable.
Hunger is the first and biggest problem in this story as there are no stores or ways to get food. As abhorrent as a lot of the book is, the writing is good and I didn't throw it across the room because there are all kinds of people in this world and this story is from one kind of view.
Which is why I felt shooting that many people, thinking they were in the right and others who were hungry were wrong... was wrong.
What would I do if I lived through the situation our main characters were in? Is there a way as we prepare for such as this that we try to share our abundance. As we prepare we have to remember that our case of food is kept in our car or home and the catastrophe is an earthquake, volcano, or fire and that case of food is destroyed. When we are prepared but but end up the hungry ones, how would we like to be treated? I have rarely missed a meal. I can't imagine being that cold, tired, and hungry.
Regardless of politics, I'm glad I read it. I won't bother with the rest of the series. There are a lot better sci-fi's to see the post-apocalypse through a more open-minded prep and love.
This is YA fiction, but since Suzanne Collins and J. K. Rowling blurred the lines on audience boundaries for YA fiction, and since I enjoyed this novel so much, I will from now on consider YA fiction to be stories about young adults rather than stories for young adults.
The pulse in Pulse is an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP, or epic solar flare) that wipes out all post-nineteenth century technology. Unless it's caged in special material - maybe lead, I can't recall - to protect it. Who would think of doing that? Preppers, that's who. Those odd, march-to-their-own-drumbeat people who seem out of sync with reality until the apocalypse hits.
Lexie's family are preppers. Andrea's family are upper middle class. Sarah's family are just trying to make it day to day. Ms. Burkard did a fantastic job of imagining the effects of a total shutdown of everything, even automobiles, in the middle of a brutal Ohio winter. As day piles upon day, the community degenerates into every man for himself paranoia worthy of Cormac McCarthy. This EMP is a particularly nasty apocalypse, simply because absolutely none of the technology we've become absolutely dependent on works. It's the equivalent of asking the flight crew of an Airbus to hang a pocket watch from the panel and bring the ship down safely in a snowstorm. You'll need either Charles Lindbergh or Sully Sullenberger for a successful outcome. In other words, you need someone pretty unusual on your side.
There is a heavy spiritual theme to this book because of Lexie's family, the preppers, who go to the Lord for just about everything. Some readers may take exception to that, but we need to remind ourselves that some people do walk out their faith every day, publicly and privately, and these characters reflect that. In that respect, they are true to life.
Ms. Burkard knows how to keep a reader turning pages, and buying her next book. I'm headed to Amazon now. Well done!