Narrator: Gabriel Zacchai
Published by Prepper Press on 5 August 2015
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
Source: Publisher, Submitted
Our future has crumbled. In the late 2020s, the grid finally flickered out for the last time, succumbing to attacks from a newly formed Resistance, fuel scarcity, and general entropy. It is now the year 2037 and many have died, with the few that managed to escape death solely concerned with their daily survival. Gavin Collier is one of those lucky few, but survival alone isn't enough for him anymore. Recognizing that the meaning of life didn't crumble along with the rest of the world, he embarks on a dangerous and personal journey for reasons that few can understand. After leaving his home for the first time in years, Gavin must commit murder in order to save his life, only surviving through good luck and sheer force of will. The series of events that follow will alter Gavin's life forever. He finds true love for the first time, and when his love makes the journey to join Gavin at his family farm, the violence and evil of the outside world follows her there. Renewed by hope and the power of love, Gavin will do whatever it takes to protect his future wife and the remaining members of his beloved family, as the dangerous forces close in on his cherished farm and small community. Gavin's family had been surviving with little help from the outside world, but now they must come together with their neighbors to fight for their land and those they love. Personalities clash, lives are lost, and fear is inescapable. They all must struggle to keep their humanity in this new, brutal world. Gavin knows that they must prevail at all costs, and keep the flames of freedom and faith burning during one of humanity's darkest times. Doing so is the only way to make life worth living, and worth something more than just survival.
©2014, 2015 Devon Porter (P)2015 Devon Porter
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Life as we knew it has crumbled out of existence – the wealthy took over the world, driving the prices and controlling oil and fuel to the point that there was none left. The rebels fought the “machine” and ended the reign of the wealthy after making sure the grid flickered out permanently in 2020.
In 2037, the grid has been off 17 years and their survival has been hard. People had to learn how to farm, build, hunt and create ways to harvest food and water safely. As with any world that has fallen apart, there are bandits of evil people roaming around hoping to steal and kill for what they want.
Gavin, a survivor who lives on the family farm has decided to leave and go on a personal mission that many feel is frivolous and deadly. Although he was almost killed he did find his true loves – and life became nearly perfect. Others are itching to leave as well, to discover life outside and meet their own personal needs – few do it however. Surviving is not enough anymore – human nature of exploring, learning and discovery is taking hold again.
It becomes evident that Gavin’s family and their nearby neighbors need to pull together and provide aid to one another to keep the bandits at bay. Lots of action and thought provoking ideas are introduced such as The God Spark.
The plot was well developed as was the characters. I wanted to hear more about The God Spark and the journey taken by Mike. The bad guys that were met and conquered were sufficiently portrayed as evil and died appropriately and adequately.
I enjoyed this book – no zombies, monsters or threatening disease bringing the world to its knees; just human nature and greed. That is truly horrifying because it could happen!
The narrator, Gabriel Zacchai did a good job of reading the book – there were no voices, just reading. He injected the right amount of energy and excitement when appropriate, there were a couple of times where he tripped over the words – they were coming out faster than he could talk but that added to the excitement of the story – it made it clear that something was going on.
I had no issues with the production, everything was clearly well done.
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