Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review 13: Outage

Outage. Elissa Barr. 2014. [May] Parker Heritage Press. 223 Pages. [Source: Netgalley]

First sentence:  Dee sat outside the farmhouse and peeled slivers of pain from the old porch swing.

Premise/Plot:  From Goodreads - When fifteen-year-old Dee is left at her grandpa's farm in rural Washington, she thinks life is over. She may be right.

A high-tech electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack destroys the country's power and communication grids, and sends the U.S. hurtling back to the Dark Ages. Can Dee learn to survive without the basics: electricity, clean water... even her cell phone?

The chaos caused by the EMP isn't her only problem. A sinister plot by a corrupt official threatens Dee and all she holds dear. She will have to fight if she wants to survive in this hostile new world.

My thoughts:  This book was a surprising and refreshing look at a dystopian future.  I know I know refreshing and dystopian do not belong together however it’s true.  Unlike other dystopian books this one has a very believable and altogether possible chance of happening.  An EMP burst has taken out the power grid and shaken the people of Lookout Falls to their core.  It was surprising and worrisome just how quickly people showcased their most heinous of characteristics.  The book was eye-opening and has made me consider preparing for the eventuality of a disaster (not long term but short term).  Dee the main character was a bit of a whiner at the beginning however she showed growth has a person, as with most people she felt doubts about what she could do but she persevered.  Now there was a slight medical concern for me and it stretched the limits of possibilities but that is really one of the only negatives that I can think of right now.  Overall I was quite pleased and happy to have the chance to read this book.  I look forward to continuing the series.  Another facet of this book that I enjoyed was that fact that one of the main characters openly prayed and encouraged others without beating them over the head religiously.  It was one of the few times I have encountered this in this particular genre and refreshing it was.

Rating 8/10


*I received a digital review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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