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#1 in Surviving The End
Category: Dystopian Fiction
Average Rating: 3.0
Family comes first, and he'll do whatever it takes to protect his from the looming storm.
Even before becoming a husband and father, safety had been Shane McDonald's priority for most of his 45 years. As a nuclear engineer, it's his responsibility to keep the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant functioning at optimum levels to avoid what protesters fear most: a meltdown.
But when a coronal mass ejection from the sun wipes out power across the globe, stopping a nuclear chain reaction is no longer his primary concern. Now, Shane must trek across hundreds of miles to ensure the safety of his loved ones in a world rapidly disintegrating into lawlessness. Yet, with few functioning automobiles and a blind teenage daughter to protect, it'll require careful planning to reach his prepper mother-in-law's and reunite with his family.
His wife has her hands full, as well. When her brother's chemo drip suddenly stops working and her son gets stuck in the hospital elevator, all Jodi McDonald wants is the security of her husband's steady presence. But with a weakened brother and inexperienced son to look after, Jodi must remain strong amid the chaos and help guide them to her mother's.
However, even the best laid plans go awry as the miles stretch out between them. Supply thefts run rampant. Those who have necessities prey on those who don't. Minds broken by hardship kill on sight. But the fatal mistake comes when thugs threaten the McDonald's little girl.
Shane must find the strength to do the unthinkable...or watch his family suffer the consequences.
This is fairly typical dystopian fiction, including the cliffhanger ending. And readers of my reviews know by now that I find this practice especially distasteful and frustrating. Fortunately, the characters redeem this story somewhat and the challenges they face are not so extreme that they're not believable.
Chris Monteiro performs well, giving appropriate voices to the characters.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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