IN SUBURBAN AUSTIN, TEXAS, BEA CRENSHAW SECRETLY PREPARES FOR THE APOCALYPSE. But when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents do not return home. She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger.
If Darkness Takes Us is realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with a focus on a family in peril, led by a no-nonsense grandmother who is at once funny, controlling, and heroic in her struggle to hold her family together with civility and heart.
I’ve read several post-apocalyptic novels. Sure, many of them are sad and cautionary, but I’m a sucker for them. And this one takes a fresh direction.
When’s the last time you read a novel which features an over 70-year-old grandma as the protagonist? After a devastating EMP changes life as they know it, Bea, who has health issues, is thrust into the role of primary caretaker of her four grandchildren. She’s a take charge, no-nonsense kind of woman who comes off as a little controlling at times, but her heart is in the right place. I think she surprises herself with her inner strength.
It’s obvious the author did her research into the ramifications of EMPs and necessities of survival. The characters find themselves in situations that are perilous, heartbreaking, life-altering, and even hopeful, but all are easily plausible. You may even find yourself thinking about creating a stash of supplies – maybe not to the same extent as Bea, but it will cross your mind.
If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic story with a determined, relatable protagonist and a new spin, If Darkness Takes Us will satisfy that craving.