Sunday, May 17, 2015

End of the world in Ireland? Free Falling by Susan Kiernan-Lewis #amreading #mondayblogs

I honestly don't remember how I came across this book, but it is dystopian and set in Ireland, so I thought it might be a good read. It starts off with a two parents and their ten year old son, all of whom are addicted to technology - like so many other families today -  off on a holiday to rural Ireland. Then KABOOM - somebody drops and bomb - and all of a sudden technology doesn't work. None of it. No cars, no electronics, not even the electrical grid. 

Luckily for them, the house they are holidaying at in BFE Ireland has a wood cook stove and a fireplace and a whole crapload of supplies in the root cellar, and best yet, it has horses, sheep, chickens etc.

Of course these city slickers don't know crud about living off the land, except they have some experience with horses, although Sarah, the wife, is terrified of them for some unexplained reason even though she rode them for years.

Quite frankly, Sarah is the main protagonist and she's a mess. She's whiny, anxiety ridden, over-protective, and a nag. To be fair, she does grow over the course of the book but she's so darn unlikable in the beginning that I nearly gave up on this book. There are also quite a few prayers going on here, which for an agnostic like myself tended to be a little off-putting, but it wasn't so bad that I would consider this specifically Christian fiction.

Now other than Sarah's unlikability my only real complaint about this book - and I admit it is probably extremely nit-picky of me - is that Sarah says in the book that Deirdre (a neighbor) taught her to knit the wool from the sheep. That's all well and good, but first, they never shear the sheep to get the wool, and second, you don't just knit the wool straight from the sheep! It has to be spun into yarn first. Okay, that rant is over.

In the end, it was actually a decent story, and I do see that it is a trilogy. Will I read the remaining books in the series? Probably not.

Have you read a dystopian book that you felt had inaccuracies? Tell me about it in the comments.

Want to check out Free Falling for yourself? You can find it on Amazon here. At the time of this posting it is FREE for your Kindle, but please check price before purchase.

Book Blurb:
When David and Sarah Woodson take a much-needed vacation with their ten-year old son, John, their intention is to find a relaxing, remote spot to take a break from the artificial stimulation of their busy world back in Jacksonville, Florida. What happens within hours of settling in to their rural, rustic little cottage in a far-flung spot on the coast of Ireland is an international incident that leaves the family stranded and dependent on themselves for their survival. Facing starvation, as well as looters and opportunists, they learn the hard way the important things in life. Can a family skilled only in modern day suburbia and corporate workplaces learn to survive when the world is flung back a hundred years? When there is no internet, no telephones, no electricity and no cars? And when every person near them is desperate to survive at any cost?

About the author:
Best-selling author Susan Kiernan-Lewis has been an equestrienne, copywriter, playwright, and video producer. As a writer, she takes her passions--horses, France, cooking, and travel--and puts them in her novels, which usually involve an adventurous female protagonist faced with the challenge of new and dangerous situations. Her popular fiction series include the Maggie Newberry Mysteries set in France, the dystopian Irish End Games, the Atlanta-based Mia Kazmaroff mysteries, and a historical romance time-travel series. Contact Susan at and visit her website at


  1. I zeroed in on this immediately, when I saw the tweet, but your review has made this a pass for me. If you want a post apocalyptic book set in Ireland, I have to recommend The Turning of the World by John Privilege, it's seriously good. I discovered it via random tweeting, and it's been one of my best finds this year so far!

  2. Thanks for the comment and the recommendation Terry. I will have to check out The Turning of the World.

  3. The characters were good. I could imagine being in their situation and having to learn how to do things like our ancestors did. I especially liked how the 10-year old boy in the story grew in maturity as he adapted to working and helping with necessary chores for the family to survive--and he did it with joy. There were good suspenseful moments that kept me reading longer than I intended. Good book!

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