I received this book for a fair and honest review.
Overview: Poor Carl. He has just been demoted from engineer of the Mars rovers to taking inventory at the Clark Street Storage Facility. It’s nothing really, just an enthusiastic argument over what the public could handle in terms of knowledge. Finding that artifact was worth it. Too bad about the news it carries, though. How many people today would survive going through a massive meteor storm? What will Carl do with his new-found knowledge? And will his actions help anyone?
Story Telling: Well, we have a merger of sci-fi with a pre-dystopian fiction. It was easy to follow, for the most part, and rather entertaining.
Likes: Carl had his priorities in the right place. When he came across the information about the meteor storm, all he could think about was how to get the information out.
The Survivalist Network was well organized. Trent, Tia, and Ed were people that Carl needed in his life.
Dislikes: General Strom was a real piece of work. Nobody has a right to manipulate people like he did. Much of those in power, for that fact, were just plain cold. Their attitudes were nothing short of murderous, at times.
The way that the navies banded together at the end was a bit disturbing to my mind. No one organization should be able to dictate such terms. What authority do you think should have two-thirds of the world?
Also some of the last chapters were hard for me. Yes, I like sci-fi, but I prefer the softer elements. Some of the science just bogged down the story.
Favorite Character: John saw what his dad did during the San Francisco earthquake, and took it to the next level. He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, either, when someone needed his help.
Favorite Quote: Okay, it’s too big to be just one quote, but here we go. ““Hey,” Ed said, “I heard you did good in custody.”
“Thanks,” I replied. “What did they do to you?”
“Probably the same things they did to you. But after going through Interrogation Training in the SEALS, I wasn’t impressed.””
Favorite Scene: There were more than a few. The top one was when John made his stand near the end. His faith and confidence in the American people would either be proven or fail.
Then we have the scenes with Carl and the old guardian, as well as the interactions with Leroy Simms.
And let’s not forget the showdown of Tia, Ed, and Carl against the Frankenwolves. You’ll know that one when you see it.
Conclusion: This is an excellent book. I enjoyed it, and hope you do as well.