Mark Twain wrote: There is a great difference between feeding parties to wild beasts and stirring up their finer feelings in an inquisition. One is the system of degraded barbarians, the other of enlightened civilized people.
#1 in Silent Nation
Category: Dystopian Fiction
Average Rating: 2.0
Ben Marcus was having a rough day. His grandmother died, his ex-fiancee was trying to take his daughter away, the snow was coming down, and he was on his way back from Ohio.
Then something happened.
As he stops at a rest stop in northwest Ohio, the power goes out. Not just the lights, but the cars, phones, and everything else that made up everyday life. He has to get home, and he has no idea how to do it. Stuck in the snow amid a cataclysmic event that no one can precisely explain, he sets out to help not only himself, but those trapped with him. He has to find a way to travel the 300+ miles home, and he needs to do it fast. His family at home is saddled with problems of their own, and they have no way of knowing what has happened to him. As the world slowly spirals out of control, Ben must try to make it home...or die trying.
This is another unfinished post-apocalyptic story. I don't know why so many authors of dystopian fiction can't seem to write a complete story, but it frustrates me no end. At least this story is realistic, having no zombies or aliens from outer space. Most of the main characters are believable, although some of the antagonistic characters are too "bad" to be believed. They're not at all realistic.
Andrew B. Wehrlen's performance is pretty good. He makes an effort to give distinctive voices to the characters. His enunciation could stand to be a bit more precise, though. More than once I had to replay a phrase in order to understand the words being spoken.
As with all unfinished stories, this one is impossible for me to rate accurately. If I get a chance to hear the rest of the story, I will assign a more accurate rating then.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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