Fifteen-year-old Emma has moved house with her ex-Marine mother and younger brother. It’s a brand-new condo building, which explains the semi-regular power outages, as workers complete the units around them. So Emma isn’t particularly concerned when the latest blackout hits just as they are preparing to leave town on a long weekend camping trip. But then the car won’t start, and their cellphones appear dead — and all the cars outside their building seem to be stalled in a long traffic jam …
In the midst of what appears to be a massive power outage, with their camping gear packed and ready, Emma and her family canoe over to the islands, just offshore, to wait it out. But while they land on an isolated island, with a relatively hidden site, they are far from safe, as people become increasingly desperate to find food and shelter. And as the days pass, and the power remains out, the threat of violence becomes all too real. – Goodreads.com
This book begins with a lot of potential. The family dynamics between Emma, her mother, and her brother are realistic and amusing, and the imagery is vivid. Once the power goes out, the situation deteriorates rapidly, and as an ER nurse and former Marine, Emma’s mother is well-trained to handle their situation. She’s a force to be reckoned with.
Shortly after, the story loses its luster. Everything that happens – the people they meet and their occupations, the supplies they come across – is just a little too convenient and unrealistic. The plot becomes somewhat repetitive and I skimmed through several pages toward the end. Which I’m not sure it was. The closer I got to the end, it became clear nothing would be resolved. Maybe there’s a sequel?
Although an intriguing concept, this book fell flat for me, but other post-apocalyptic fans may feel differently.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.