Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review - The End by G. Michael Hopf

From Goodreads:
What would you do to survive?

Young Gordon Van Zandt valued duty and loyalty to country above all, so after 9/11, he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This idealism vanished one fateful day in a war-torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.
With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety.

The premise of this book was simple….a devastating  super EMP attack strikes havoc on the United States which knocks out most everything electronic.  Americans die from dehydration, starvation, lack of medicine, disease and violence.  

There are multiple story lines which give the reader more insight and perspective to what was going on in different parts of the States, but there is so much military dialogue, I found myself skipping pages just to get past those parts.  

I was really looking forward to reading this book as I love anything and everything post-apocalyptic, but this one really let me down.   Character development was lacking and there were some editing issues that made for confusing reading at times.  The premise of the story was good, it just fell flat.

 2 out of 5 stars