The main characters are SO perfect, SO happy and have SO fantastic families. They exchange pleasentries all the time, telling eachother how fantastic they are and how much they love eachother. All discussions end in seconds, because everyone agrees on everything.
When the shit finally h ...more
*JOINT REVIEW with The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf*
I'm not going to lie to you: I KEPT EXPECTING ZOMBIES.
It's impossible not to, what with post-apocalyptic horrors, mixed with a dwindling supply of food, mixed with intense starvation, mixed with the fact that The End and The Long Road were my very first ADULT post-apocalyptic books. I'd grown SO accustomed to the plot lines of teen books that follow the fall of the world as we know it, and c'mon, let's be honest, there's u ...more
I have a ton of mixed feelings about The End. I couldn’t put it down. The story is absorbing. However, there were a lot of points, especially at the beginning, where I wanted to shake the author and scream “SHOW don’t TELL”, loud and often.
There is a lot of infodumping about the characters and their points of view. Lots of exposition and not much action or dialog.
Then “the end of the world as we know it” finally happens, and the story starts to take off. Al ...more
The characters are all so one dimensional. They happen to have perfect lives. Being a perfect husband to his doting wife and two kids. What I didn't understand was the senseless acts of violence, murdering people all in the name to defend their supplies. The main character Gordan didn't even have the decency to ...more
The fact that this book has so many glowing reviews is actually horrifying.
As soon as I figured out an EMP attack caused by a nuclear weapon explode over the U.S. was the apocalytpic event, I was reminded of One Second After. That novel tells the story of a small town after an EMP attack. The forward is written by Newt Gingrich. I am neither Republican ...more
The basic story of an EMP wiping out a large portion of the world is not so unrealistic in comparison to other post-apocalyptic novels. While the world is slowly building and interestly so, the characters are all mostly lacking something. To be honest most of the characters come over as jerks, with Ex-marine Gorgon being extremely trigger happy.
Nevertheless, the book was still an ok and entertaining read. T ...more
WARNING OF GIVING THE STORY AWAY:
Most of the story follows Gordon, ex-military lifer, who recognizes an EMP event having taken place and quickly rallies to garner supplies for his fam ...more
However, I have read this sort of book before... many times. This book comes with all the usual cliches including:
1 - A man who goes to crazy/inhumane extremes that are somehow justified by the plot.
2 - A complete breakdown of society where people become inhumane anim ...more
I really wanted to like this book, however, I just could not get over the writing style. It just was not for me. I requested this book from Netgalley and received it a few years ago. This review is very late, but since I am getting back into the swing of things I wanted to review this book that I finished a few years ago.
I found the premise really intriguing and wanted to delve deeper into this story. An EMP attack on major co ...more
In the book The End by Michael Hopf, the main character Gordon, an ex marine currently residing in San Diego, California prepares for the worst. The country was just struck by an EMP and complete chaos is about to erupt. This book follows him and his brother Sebastian (a current Marine sniper) as they struggle to survive and provide for their families.
Personally, I enjoyed this book for the interesting plot line and ideas but the characters were a little shallow and nothing got very deep in...more
Killing all those whinny, self righteous, evil fucks that tried to take his shit (Mindy and her group) was fine.
Killing the unarmed man who had just taken stuff for the hospital for his family (the same thing Gordon was doing) was too much.
Cascadia is the name of a real movement in the north west which I liked.
It does, as many have pointed out, have a right wing survivalist ethos and the characters are thinly drawn but the narrative is given most importance.
I will read the others in the series guiltily but with I'm sure much enjoyment.
...if our current society in the USA experienced a crushing event such as the complete loss of the power grid. It was easy to get into the individual storylines and hard to put down. Planning on reading the next in the series.
He has studied the threat of EMP for 6 years and how to best prepare in the event. He wrote The New World series to illustrate the effects our nation would suffer if ever attacked by this type of weapon. The End, The Long Road, Sanctuary and the soon to be r ...more