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.
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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
firstname.lastname@example.org and visit her website at