The Raggedy Edge Kindle Edition
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This book was a 3 star for me. A book I enjoyed in the end and one I'd read a sequel to if the info peaked my interest and I had hopes on some improvement upon the first book. All in all it wasn't a bad read and got much better as the story goes on. Up through the first 15% of the book I really kept contemplating giving it up and moving on to another book. In the end I am glad I kept with it. I like and need an attention getter at or near the first like in "Lights Out" and this beginning with all the background info really started to bore me and I was shocked at how far I had to read to get past it. I personally felt I had to get way too far into the book before the real action and adventure of the story came to light.
Now with all that said, after I got to about 30-35% it got to where I really enjoyed the book. I had times where I didn't want to stop reading although it wasn't constant like a 4 star or better book. I'm a southern boy living in rural Texas so I know I probably have a different attitude than a lot of other parts of the states and especially big cities but I found some stuff just down right out ignorant or impractical of the main character such as being in a post-apocalyptic state, a policeman by profession and not carrying a gun on himself so many times. Call me one of those hillbilly crazies but if I was in a post-apocalyptic state where violence and robbery were even a remote possibility, you aren't going to catch me without toating one of my guns with me at all times.
Putting that behind us letting you know that I personally have read many post-apocalyptic books that I felt were better, let me go over some of the strong suits. First off I loved the setting it all took place in and the author did a great job making me visualize the beauty of it all. Heck I wanted to move there! I gave "Lights Out" a 5 star rating but this author did something I can't quite put my finger on when it came to the "community" aspect of the book. I don't know how to explain it but he made you feel the warmth of the community and compassion everyone had for one another. It was both humbling and gave me a hope and faith in mankind whereas most apocalyptic books focus on the brutality and neglect how most people are generally good by nature. I wanted to live in this community and be with these people. The author also did a an excellent job with all the characters, showing their personalities and making everyone distinct.
So would I recommend you read it? Yep, sure would and I think you might enjoy it although I personally feel there are better ones out there. Would I read this one again, nope! Would I read a sequel, yes I would hoping the author would improve upon plot, realism and attention to detail. Some mentioned the editing issues. There are there but they didn't bother me much. I've read many self-published books that were a lot worse off when it came to editing.
I think this author has great potential and hope he does consider a sequel, with my opinionated recommendations, lol. I admire anyone who can put together a book and praise their efforts.
The pacing is sometimes imperfect and one or two characters could have used a bit more development and the plot bogs down at the beginning of the novel before finding a nicer rhythm about midway through.
All that allowed, this was very well done for a self-published work, and I think readers of this genre of fiction would view this book as a very nice and fresh take on material that tends to be too dark and depressing.
The novel ends with a worthwhile cliffhanger. I am looking forward to the sequel, and suspect that if you invest your time reading this book, you will as well.
The GILM bad guys were bizarre and unidimensional I have been around a lot of cult religious types. It is obvious the author has not, except maybe to proselytize them and then write them off. Nothing wrong with that, just would have been better to leave them out altogether.
One thing I did not like, but found realistic, is that no one really knew who was fighting who and why this thing had all gone south. I can definitely see something like that happening, where communication is by roving ham operators, and there will be confusion as to what is info and what is psyops.
The ending of the book was just plain weird. It is like the author said "Ok, I am tired of writing, now," and just put down his pen and walked out to get a beer. I really did check to see if that was really "the end" or just some setup for another chapter. Abrupt, harsh, clanging and kind of a "bang! we are done now! bye, y'all"
However, this is a good book about family and society as they are stressed beyond anything imagined.
Could there be more background on the larger events? Yes. Could some of the character development been less cryptic? Yes.
All in all, though, this is a good book, an interesting read, worth the time and money, albeit crying out for a sequel to answer open-ended issues.........