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If Stephen King’s "The Stand" is on your "favorite books" list, this one is a must read. Full of characters that you care about and can’t help but cheer for.
posted May 29, 2007 at 6:41AM
A pretty good apocalyptic book. A little inaccurate in some technical details, but the writer defiantly has done a fair amount of research and is familiar with much of the subject matter, the novice would not notice.. Good characters, many different archetypes represented for sure. I don’t like how the book jumps around so much, often in mid chapter, in the middle of a cliff hanger the writer will suddenly switch to another group and go on for a chapter before returning, I found that annoying. The action was well written and I think fairly accurate, having no expertise myself it seemed fairly realistic anyway. Definitely recommended POSSIBLE SPOILER FOLLOWS; If you are a Wiccan, you’ll love this book. The author obviously is or knows many of them, because one of the major “post change” groups is Wicca. I really don’t have a problem with that, I find all religions equally interesting, but the several page descriptions of the rituals, one of the main characters constantly speaking in Gallic (I think), certain redundant phrases and there constant reference to there religion and practices really got tiring towards the end of the book for me, and a friend of mine who has read the series says it only gets worse. Also I think that the speed and quality with witch things are made without power tools is inaccurate. As an amateur machinist and welder, who has worked without power tools in the past making just the type of things these people are making, I can attest to the difficulty and time consuming nature of doing this type of work manually.
posted Oct 18, 2008 at 8:21PM
Re reading this series in preparation of reading the sequel. I still don't buy that the expansion and decompression rate of gas could be affected without simple biologic processes also being affected.. but if you can suspend your disbelief and just pretend this is "magic" it works great as a apocalyptic dystopia
posted May 11, 2013 at 10:38AM
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Survived "The Change"; started a community of survivors on her property.
Ex-Marine; was flying his plane when "The Change" happened, forcing him to land the plane in a frigid lake; leading his passengers from Idaho to Oregon to form a community.