• Static: Blackout

  • An EMP Thriller, Book 2
  • By: James Hunt
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Civilization has collapsed. Desperation has eroded the pillars of our humanity. The price to survive in this savage new world is blood. Wren Burton, an architect from Chicago, only has one goal: Save her family. Or die trying.

©2016 DBS Publishing LLC (P)2016 DBS Publishing LLC

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Good series

Really enjoy this series . Listed to a couple so far. Will be looking for more in this series and by this author.
Tia Rider is a great narrator.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The last book was worse than the others....

~Disclaimer: I received a free audiobook copy of the first book and the third book in this series. I did read the second book on my own to connect the two parts I got for free. ~

Book 0- This book covers the beginning of the disaster. Little information, chaos, and Wren’s family is separated.

Book 1- This book deals with the aftermath of leaving the city. Illness, an unfamiliar environment and the struggle to keep Wren's family safe.

Book 2-This book shows the aftermath of a betrayal. Questions of who to trust, violence, and the rescue of Wren’s family.

I don’t think the crisis is all that realistic. But if you can suspend your disbelief this book has plenty of action and intensity.

I had never thought about the knowledge that an architect has and how useful it would be in a crisis. Honestly, I feel like there should be more books about the aftermath of a disaster that focuses on the skills of individuals outside of the gun savvy or medical personnel. I think people's skills are often ignored in disaster/post-apocalyptic novels as not interesting.

Now....the big problem with this story in my opinion:

Wren isn’t the most likeable protagonist. She behaves in a stereotypical Karen like way....which does serve her well during parts of the story. But she seems to realize things are really hitting the fan, but thinks her own issues take precedence over others. She, through the entire series, just continually was arrogant and acted entitled as all get out. She feels entitled to others help, she doesn’t listen to the recommendations of anyone else, she has many harsh judgements of the people around her and doesn’t return others help with her own help in turn. I’m not saying a protagonist has to be a good person, but her judgements of others, hypocrisy and self-centeredness just grated.
She does prove to be resourceful and fearless when it comes to her children. She shows compassion to her children’s fears and stresses. So, she does have redeeming characteristics, but it wasn't enough for me to enjoy following her journey.


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