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Cars won’t start, and the phones aren’t working. Outside, a winter storm is raging.

Deep into the coldest, Midwest winter on record, an electromagnetic pulse has taken out the nation’s power grid, plunging St. Louis into frigid darkness.

Can ordinary people survive the apocalypse? Pre-med student Raine Caldwell is about to find out.

The government isn’t coming to rescue her. If Raine and her group are going to make it, they must save themselves.

When things go from bad to worse, they must act quickly to seek refuge from the cold and violent city. The group is tested far beyond anything they could imagine, as they begin to settle in, and survive life without modern conveniences.

After finding themselves in a community terrorized by ruthless and dangerous people, Raine and the others in her group must pull together to find justice, when one of their own is taken.

Can they pull the community together, or will it be torn further apart?

©2022 Shaky Rock Publishing, LLC (P)2022 Shaky Rock Publishing LLC

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refreshing take for the genre

this series has been a refreshing take for the green refreshing of PA fiction. where not everyone has military training, or tons of supplies. a very stark reality check compared to a lot of other series in the genre that focus on previous military or law enforcement people who basically shoot their way across the countryside or have years of supplies set back with solar and everything setup for themselves. This series seemed to be more realistic for the millions of people in cities inside the US where few would be prepared for even the shortest obstruction to their daily lives, let alone a long term grid down issue.

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horrible

worst book ever save your money i tried to stay with it but zero star is deserved

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All about Raine

This is a story all about Raine, the main character. Every event, scene, and detail is about her. How she suffers, how she feels, her flashbacks, her feelings, her 17 questions every time something unexpected happens. All this, against the backdrop of the apocalypse. If the story would have been about the event it would have been much better. Made it through 34 chapters and needed to tap out on this one.

Regarding the narration. I have tried many many times to find a female and/or higher pitched narrator that can do lower pitched, typically men's voices. I am concluding that they cannot. In this case the attempts at men's voices are attempted with overcompensation, very often including the "Sally Strother's" quaver, which is also included when there are moments of a character's display of anxiety. It is distracting and I found myself focusing on the narration, not getting taken into the story.

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Very slow

I slept off and on and never seemed to miss anything. If you want PG, mostly G, rated storytelling, this is for you. If you want fast paced intricate plot, this is not for you. Lead female character was dumb and dumber. Other characters stayed fairly true to their casting. Author should have made JJ the lead female and left Rain out of story.

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Excellent Dystopian Dystology

I loved all four books in this Dystopian series by TL Payne. It did such a good job of tackling what might happen to a group of people following an EMP attack. I really appreciated that it didn't try to take on too much or too broad a geographic area. When covering the horrors of what might happen, it didn't go into unnecessary details, which is important to me as I could still recommend this series to upper middle school students. I would rate it okay for 13 and older. The main characters were very well developed. The performance was amazing. Such a great find.

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excellent post apocalyptic story!!!

excellent writing. All of TL Payne's books are extremely well written and you feel like you are part of the characters. This series is my favorite. I hope to see new books out soon. I've listened to many different apocalyptic writers but TL Payne is the best one. The narration was incredible too.