Review of Powerless

November 21, 2015 Book Reviews 2

Review of Powerless

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Powerless by Tim Washburn
Genres: Survival
Published by Pinnacle on October 27th 2015
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Nothing Can Prepare You. . .
It strikes without warning. A massive geomagnetic solar storm that destroys every power grid in the northern hemisphere. North America is without lights, electricity, phones, and navigation systems. In one week, the human race is flung back to the Dark Ages.
Nothing Can Save You. . .
In Boulder, Colorado, weather technicians watch in horror as civilization collapses around them. Planes are falling out of the skies. Cars are dead. Pandemonium and terror grip the Northern Hemisphere. As nuclear reactors across North America face inevitable meltdowns, the U.S. President remains powerless in a heavily guarded White House. From London to Boston to Anchorage, there is no food, no water, no hope. It's every man for himself. . .and it will only get worse.
Survival Is Everything.
Only one man--army veteran Zeke Marshall--is prepared to handle a nightmare like this. But when he tries to reunite with his family in Dallas--across a lawless terrain as deadly as any battlefield--he discovers there are worse things in life than war. And there are terrible and unthinkable things he'll have to do to survive. . .

First Line

The hushed darkness of the observation room is a breeding ground for sleep-especially for Daniel, this semester’s intern.

What I thought of this book

Powerless is a novel that can make you think a lot of how much we take electricity for grant it.  How would we survive if the power went out for longer than a few hours or even longer than a few months.

A huge solar flare is on it’s way to the earth and it’s going to take out most of the worlds electricity. How long will they be without power nobody really knows, but its going to be a while. Dr. Blake tries to warn the President but nobody really wants to be believe him, not until a plane that can’t navigate crashes.

The President doesn’t want to cause a panic so he doesn’t tell anyone what is going to happen, so the only people who are trying to prepare for an outage are those that know it’s coming and their families. Even with that you can never really be prepared for something like no electricity.

Zeke, has survived war and he knows what it takes to survive. When the power goes down he takes off on horseback to go and get his sisters family as he knows they can’t survive in Dallas. He will do what he has to to get there even if it means killing those who try to come at him.

I found Powerless to be interesting and it moves around through mulitple POV’s so that we can see how different people are surviving, and plays out like a cheesy syfy natural disaster movie. As much as I did find it to be interesting it really just wasn’t what I was expecting. I guess I was thinking it would be more about surviving without power and less about the politics of how the President operates even under the conditions. Though I can totally see the government using all the gas, etc and keeping themselves going while others suffer.

When it comes to surviving we only get a few POV’s. There is Dr. Blake and Kaylee who seems like an odd pairing but during times of crisis and being alone become a couple. Greg and Laura who are Kaylee’s parents, Zeke and his family, and a woman named Summer who Zeke meets.  That is really it and I guess I was thinking it was going to have more of a dystopian feel to it of survival. It’s labeled as a thriller on Goodreads but I don’t really see that as it really wasn’t.

I also thought it was wrapped up a little two easy as it seems like it could have made a great duology or trilogy.

Overall, I did like the novel but just not as much as I had hoped I would.

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