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State of Emergency

(Collapse #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,754 ratings  ·  127 reviews
What would you do if the world as you know it ended in an instant?
How far would you go to survive?

Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: A little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father.
Yeah. Things suck.
Kindle, Nook, Paperback, 2nd Edition , 228 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by Writing Belle (first published January 17th 2013)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

“It never hurts to be prepared for the worst. Hope for the best. Get ready for the crappy.”

The story can be summarized as the following:

a. Cassidy or simply Cassie (a 19 year old city girl whose dad was a former soldier, a cop and a present detective) finds herself trying to survive the after effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack in Los Angeles.

b. Being raised by her father, a realist, who has very wise foresight of an impending disaster to hit the city, Cassie’s goal is to me
Jun 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can't go on. I just hate the main character too much. It's not me, it's you!

So, in this book we have the promise of civilization as we know it ending because of an EMP. I love end-of-the-world scenarios! Whether it's by zombie, super-virus, war, or EMP, I'm in! And, the more death and destruction the better!

oh spongebob, you blood-thirsty little bastard! I love your killer instinct!

Cassie, our hero, is a 19 year old girl whose father has prepared for the end of the world. She is on the case! S
Summer Lane
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I wrote obviously I had a fun time with that.
January 18th!!
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rounding up. I'm pretty impressed by the young Ms. Lane and her story writing abilities. I don't think I've ever read a story quite like this one, and yes, I have read other books within this genre. For a debut novel, this turned out to be pretty damn good and very engrossing. The book was either on the short side or I just breezed through it fast enough not to notice the length.

The book opens up with 19yr old Cassidy walking home, when a EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) strike hits. In one fell swoo
Great concept but this didn't work for me as much as I was hoping it would. There's an EMP that wipes out power to the Los Angeles area and maybe all of America. Cassidy and her father, former cop now PI, are prepared for that though. Her father is a bit of a paranoid conspiracy theorist who has go bags ready and a plan for the both of them when the world is destroyed. So when things go for shit Cassidy hightails it home grabs her goodies and leaves the burning world behind in one of the last re ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down once I started, so I read it all in one sitting.

I loved pretty much everything about this book. The pacing was great, and I never once got bored. There was always something happening to keep things interesting, whether it was meeting strange people, trying to survive, or action scenes. I loved it.

Cassidy is one of the best heroines I've read about in a while. She's smart, brave, and compassionate. Some of her thoughts had me laughing out loud all t
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
*sigh Good and bad news.

Good news. This book is fast-paced, engaging and a good addition to the dystopian genre. Don't let the price make you think that the book is bad at all. It's up there with other dystopian books and will keep you entertained. The dialogues are fun. I'm a sucker for romance and this book didn't dissapoint it was cute that way.

Bad news.
This is not a NA dystopia. Not that something like that is bad, but I've set myself the goal to find New Adult books that are not College rom
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is so much fun! I mean, in a "Thank God this isn't really happening" kind of way. But really-- it's fun. YA/NA fiction is so full of frustratingly unlikeable heroines that Cassidy Hart is a breath of fresh air. She's cute, she's smart, she's quirky, and (EGADS!) she doesn't suddenly "just know" how to defend herself when faced with the apocalypse. I will admit, there were times when I wanted to yell "Cassidy, NO! This is a BAD IDEA." One such occasion is the time she decides to let a t ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
If I were assigning labels I would call this book a YA/NA apocalyptic romance. The main character's personality and the prude romance give the book a young adult vibe, while the plot and characters ages target a more mature audience.

I loved the main storyline start to finish; however, I did have a few hang ups with the delivery. The book has a strong beginning but as the plot unfolds things start to feel forced. The storyline does a bit of weaving that, in my opinion, distracted the author from
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all I really enjoyed reading State of Emergency by Summer Lane; the two main characters Cassidy Hart and Chris Young meeting by chance following the United States coming to an end, and having to face danger at different intervals throughout it. Overall I felt these two were quite likeable interesting characters, and I was impressed by Summer’s writing style. I can’t wait for the sequel to SOE. I rate this fantastic book five stars.
K.D. McAdams
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
State of Emergency has an interesting story line and complex enough characters that I made the effort to finish reading. For anyone who watches Doomsday Preppers on the National Geographic channel you'll get this story. I read the book on the Kindle App for iPad.

An Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) has ruined all the devices that use electronic circuits and were not protected in a Faraday Cage. This means cars, airplanes, radios, just about everything we "need" everyday is useless. Cassie, the 19 ye
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you follow my reviews you probably know how I enjoy Post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. I read SO many of them making me extremely picky and hard to impress. Well all that to say that State of Emergency by Summer Lane managed to impress me! It was such a great book and I was very surprised to discover this book, it deserves much more recognition! It is one of the best I read so far and is easily making my top 8 in the category.
First the settings of this book reminds me a lot of the show Revol
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every book lover has a list of books he/she wants in hardback, and this is definitely one of mine.
The book was incredible! The character Chris reminded me of my husband so he's easy for me to get a sense of. The story is so engaging and just when you think the characters might catch a break, another plot twist. I am so happy I read this and I had SUCH a hard time putting it down. I would recommend to anyone and I CANNOT wait for the next book (or even better, books!) in this series to come out.
Carolyn F.
Nov 15, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
I could not finish the book. I got to the point where look there's a guy that's standing in the middle of the road bleeding. Even though her prepper dad says don't pull over for ANY stranger, she pulls over and rummages through her backpack so of course her eyes aren't on him telling him she's going to shoot him which he laughs at because she's an idiot. Her pretending to be a tough girl that knows what she's doing got old quick.

Then they get to a crazy mob, a bunch of dead people, and still sh
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesomesauce! (lol had to say that)
Seriously, this book was great. Fast paced--it felt like I was reading a novella since I finished it during an evening. I just couldn't put it down. I had to know what would happen next.
And let's not mention Chris *swoon* ;)
Great job, Summer!
Kah Cherub
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nobody knows how it started, only that, out of nowhere, technology turned on humans. Cellphones died, lights went out, car batteries wouldn't work... and chaos ensued.

Cassidy Hart finds herself in the middle of it all. But thanks to her well-prepared father, she has a working car, supplies and a scape plan. Until the moment she meets Chris Young, a very cute soldier who asks her for a ride... and then the whole plan starts to fall apart. Now they're both on the run from craz
This was a great example of why you should go with your gut instinct when you think that a book blurb and reviews mean you should maybe avoid a book. I decided not to listen to my inner book reviewer and tried reading this one, which I now wish I'd avoided.

Los Angeles has been hit by what looks like a EMP strike, turning off power and leaving the majority of vehicles useless. People are in a complete panic and willing to attack others to get their hands on a working car. I liked the sound of thi
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’m torn between a 3 and 4 on this book. Because it’s GOOD but not phenomenal. I put it down to the fact I was disappointed by the ‘mystery’. Most people wouldn't be and it is an interesting premise. Fans of the Tomorrow When The War Began will love it. The blurb is thankfully vague and doesn’t give any inkling of what this book is actually about.

Basically, an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) hits LA and blows out everything electronic – from airplanes to cars to cellphones. With emergency broadcast
Ruth Silver
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 13 and up
I was asked for an honest review of State of Emergency and provided with an ARC (advanced reader copy).

State of Emergency, written by Summer Lane is a YA/NA (young adult/new adult) Dystopian Adventure Romance. I sat down to read State of Emergency and found myself unable to stop. The characters were well developed, the story constantly kept me on edge and I found myself quickly compelled to read more. Most novels take me about a week to read. I finished State of Emergency within two nights.

Full review coming soon.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chris by:
State of Emergency is an intriguing premise, but with a strange follow-through.

The biggest difficulty is the editing. Misspellings, missing words, grammar hiccups, and sentence fragments galore. The book also is written in first person, although the job is done capably, and the first person voice is strong. But the mechanical errors are glaring, jarring, and hurt the overall experience while you're reading; it's like slamming into massive potholes right at the good spots.

There are also quite a
Leigh (bibliosky)
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 013, ya, dystopian
RATING: 4.5/5 stars

This book is fantastic. You're already hooked on from the first chapter. State of Emergency started with a BAM! What would you do if you were driving, then suddenly all the technology shuts off? What would you do if you saw airplanes falling from the sky? This book was such a page turner. The characters were engaging, the plot was very original, and it wasn't your 'typical' dystopian read. This book is told from Cassidy's point of view, a 19
Bonnie Rae
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na
Summer Lane knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! This book is just one cliff hanger after another, but not in an annoying way. You can't put it down, at least, I couldn't. I mean the MC and her family can NEVER catch a break. Some reviewers got a little annoyed by this, but I enjoyed it and here is why: It's the end of the civilized world as we know it. You can't "relax" during an apocalyptic situation like this. No character in real life or in fiction can afford to let their guard do ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
As far as end-of-the world books go, this one is pretty decent. Although the EMP thing has really played itself out, this book's 'evil guys' are a little bit twist and a little bit mystery, after reading the 1st book, the who and why are still unconfirmed. I commend Summer for putting an original spin and for writing a generally good storyline. I have to say that if I had a wish list, it would be a little more romance and intensity in developing the relationship between Chris and Cassidy, maybe ...more
Kristen L
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
My genre's of choice these days include Thrillers/Mysteries, Fantasy, Distopian YA and, of course, apocalypse/doomsday stories. I read the reviews on this book and they were mediocre, but I liked the premise of the story and figured I would give this book a try. While I think that the premise has a lot of potential, the main character, Cassie, is hard to like. I think this is mostly due to the amateur writing style and extremely immature dialogue that is littered throughout the book. Cassie begi ...more
Peter Musaka
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
State of Emergency is a novel about the end of the world as we know it, via an EMP. EMP stands for Electro Magnetic Pulse, which is a bomb that wipes out all of our technology, dooming America. As this all happens, Omega, an evil Nazi like organization starts to take over the country. Omega begins to place “safe camps” across America, which are really slaughtering houses. However, one nineteen year old girl has a plan, and a will to live. Her name is Cassidy Hart, and she will survive this apoca ...more
Sophie Snow
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought I was pretty well-versed in the world of Dystopian novels, but I'd never even heard of this series. I've been missing out big time!

What was especially interesting about this, is that that story started as the end of the world started. We're not dropped into an already messed up society where the characters already have things figured out. It was fascinating to see how people reacted to no electricity and turned almost feral, because - let's face it - that's exactly what would happen if
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is a TEOTWAWKI story that's also a YA sweet romance. It's funny, because all of these terrible things are going on, and I'm over here swooning over Chris. I loved Cassie right from the get go. She's got a great personality, and she adapts really well to the changing world. I loved so many of her lines. Lets get back to Chris though ;). Is there a more perfect man?? I doubt it. He's essentially described as a green-eyed Chris Hemsworth, and Cassie even compares him to Thor ...more
Kris Irvin
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! I was really surprised at how GOOD this book is. I found it on Amazon (for Kindle) for $2.99 and snatched it up for cheap, and I'm glad I did.

I think the writing could use a lot of tightening up, but it's all very minor fixes. The plot is great and riveting and the characters are very realistic. (Well, except for maybe Paige's tendency to want to help eeeeeveryone. I'm coldhearted and in this kind of situation? I am not as nice as her, let's just put it that way.)

I'll definitely be gettin
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great book, great characters love the dynamic between them and the underlying storyline!!!

For poor books remember what Yoda said - "If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are ... a different game you should play!"

How I review...
1 star - binned it before half way, please don't write anymore!!!
2 stars - finally binned it after really trying, I mean really trying and I hate to not finishing someth....
3 stars - finished it but boy was that hard work on times, it just about hooked me back in as
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Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 27 hit books, including the smash-hit Collapse Series. The final installment of the series, STATE OF HOPE, released June 2017. Summer is also the author of the bestselling adventures of the Zero Trilogy, Bravo Saga, Unbreakable SEAL, Collapse: The Illustrated Guide, and Vigilante. Running with Wolves (historical thriller) was released September 22, 2017. ...more

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