Sunday, 29 March 2015

Book Review: State of Emergency by Summer Lane

What would you do if the world as you know it ended in an instant?  How far would you go to survive?

Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: A little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father. Yeah. Things suck. But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might find her dad without getting into serious trouble. Emphasis on might. 

Oh. And there's the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that's quickly turned into an active war zone. It's going to change Cassidy's life. It's going to be a major pain in the butt. 

My Review:
This was a great example of why you should go with your gut instinct when you think that a book blurb and reviews mean you should maybe avoid a book. I decided not to listen to my inner book reviewer and tried reading this one, which I now wish I'd avoided.

Los Angeles has been hit by what looks like a EMP strike, turning off power and leaving the majority of vehicles useless. People are in a complete panic and willing to attack others to get their hands on a working car. I liked the sound of this plot...I enjoy these end of the world as we know it scenarios and the first chapter is quite interesting. We have the power cuts, planes falling from the sky and Cassie running home on foot when the car gives up.

Cassie and her cop father are preppers who have long planned for such emergencies. They have supplies in a car adapted to survive an EMP and keep running and a cabin outside the city to hide out in full of all they need to survive. Cassie decides the house isn't safe with all the planes falling so she doesn't wait for her dad and takes off to the cabin-leaving him no way to get out of the city except on foot. I think perhaps she could have given him a chance to get home and hid inside the car in its secret garage to wait a bit longer than five minutes!

It is when Cassie leaves the city that the problems for me with this book start. She points out that her dad has drilled her for emergencies including don't talk to strangers and don't stop for strangers. She is supposed to be shy, friendless and lacking in social skills. So she stops the car for the first stranger she sees on a dark road who is covered in blood and is an older, fit looking man. Yes of course we will stop the car for the first potential rapist or murdered we find because Cassie says she has a soft spot for helping people. Right. That sure will keep you alive in a disaster like this. Lucky for her that he is an ex Navy Seal.

Cassie is the problem with this book. She is meant to be a nineteen year old who has been prepared for emergencies. Instead she is a nine year old pouty whiny brat who does nothing but argue with Chris to get her own way. Listen dumbass if you stop the car for Navy Seal guy, don't you think he knows better than you where to go and where to avoid? Why he kept giving in to her insane ideas which kept landing them in the shit is beyond me. For example, we'll quietly sneak into this gas station to see if we can use anything...then outside Cassie starts yelling to him inside the building that she got the radio working! Cue attack by two carjacker/rapists. Stupid bitch. She stands there outside the car until they grab her instead of getting in, locking the doors and putting her hand on the horn to alert Chris to danger. Yep she's clever.

Chris would've done better cutting her throat and stealing the car instead of babysitting an idiot. Despite his yells about a trap, Cassie just can't resist getting out the car and running off to check out what was a set ambush. Does this dumb cow know anything? She keeps telling us how prepared her father was and what he taught her but she seems determined to ignore all practical advise and do whatever she wants, putting both of them at risk. Then she gets into a really immature fight with Chris about it where she sounds like a stroppy five year old who isn't getting sweets.

I had enough of this moronic female and by the time she suceeds in giving the car away to rampaging nutters, I didn't care what happened to her and quit reading. 
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  1. Oops. I've read one other book with the EMP strike in it. I didn't mind it, but things deteriorated in the world so quickly. But people do panic. Sorry to hear about the character in this one.

    1. I should've known better-lots of Goodreads reviews talked about how dumb and annoying she was but I decided to try it anyway! Bad idea and I'll know better next time!