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#1 in After The Pulse
Category: Dystopian Fiction
Average Rating: 2.0
Two years after the Pulse shut down the nation's power grid, Darrick, his wife Tonya, and their autistic son Andy, show up on the doorstep of Darrick's childhood home. Darrick must make peace with his older brother Jimmie and ailing father James, all the while reacquainting himself with the life of a homesteader. Meanwhile, a looming omen hovers over everything he holds dear. A huge murder of crows circle a large, well-equipped and organized group of aggressive survivors that are about to discover the homestead and threaten everyone's way of life. When a bad decision leads to the loss of a family member, everything changes, and Darrick must reanalyze and adapt himself to the situation. Mistrust and paranoia take hold as Darrick struggles with the blurred lines between friend and foe.
First, this is another unfinished story, ending in a near cliffhanger. This story differs slightly from the usual formula for dystopian fiction in that it's set two years after an EMP has shut down the nation's power grid. Unfortunately, the potential this setting affords the story is not realized. It's just more of the same tiresome scenario. Moreover, the characters aren't particularly likable or believable.
Kevin Pierce performs well. I just wish there was enough story for me to evaluate it properly.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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