Nicholas Smith is an excellent writer with a bright future ahead of him. His talent at writing is far above the indie crowd and I highly suggest thisNicholas Smith is an excellent writer with a bright future ahead of him. His talent at writing is far above the indie crowd and I highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good dystopian read.
The characters were fascinating and well developed, the story moves along at steady pace that makes the book hard to put down. Plenty of twists and turns with exciting characters from both sides of the story's conflict. This book is on the same level of George Orwell's 1984, that might be a bold claim, but the Biomass Revolution rates that well. I was very impressed with this novel.
I also enjoyed that the book was portrayed in a plausible, realistic future that could happen to us in our distant future. ...more
Loved this book. I read it years ago not long after its release. I came across it the other day on my bookshelf and would probably re-read it if I wasLoved this book. I read it years ago not long after its release. I came across it the other day on my bookshelf and would probably re-read it if I wasn't committed to reviewing three books already for my blog.
The psychopath in this book borders on Hannibal Lecter intelligence, if he wasn't a sick, twisted piece of filth I would probably admire his brilliant mind. Very impressive thriller, a real page turner....more
I have always fancied myself a prepper on at least a small scale since I live in a hurricane zone. The possibility for the basic infrastructure of myI have always fancied myself a prepper on at least a small scale since I live in a hurricane zone. The possibility for the basic infrastructure of my region to be disrupted for an extended period of time is within the reasonable realm of expectation. I found the family in this story to be a refreshing example of what every family should strive to be on some level. It just makes sense. Preppers in the media are often cast in a negative light as paranoid nut jobs. This novel is a real eye-opener and illustrates just how fragile our society can be. In a very short period of time, food shortages, utility outages, and lawlessness can descend on us. When the time comes, being prepared can be the difference between life and death.
What drew me in was the depth of the characters. More often than not, the main character in any story is the ultimate hero, he makes all the right decisions and succeeds at everything he does. The main character is also usually mainstream and appeals to the masses. While other Amazon reviewers have knocked the author for various idosyncrasies about the main character (he bashes Fox News, he's a vegetarian, he makes questionable tactical decisions for a military vet, etc.), I welcome the richness it brings. I find it tiresome when the main character succeeds at all times, fits into a stereotype, and has all the answers. It also helps to understand that a character's views in a novel don't necessarily reflect the views of the author.
I also found the setting to be a refreshing change from other PA novels. Stories in this genre tend to focus on the world at large or center on a group of people traveling on a journey to find safe harbor. This novel centers on one family hunkered down in their home and how they interact with their neighbors on their street. I was quite impressed with the level of research put into this novel, the author clearly did his homework.
As is the case with most survival scenarios, the most difficult obstacle to overcome is not the scenario itself, but dealing with other survivors. If anything, this novel reinforces the concept of isolation to survive. Dealing with unprepared crybabies that will do anything to take advantage of your survival foresight should not be the most trying aspect of survival, but sadly, it is. This story deals with that pitfall in interesting ways.
A very exciting and compelling read. I highly recommend this work to any fan of the PA genre....more