Monday, February 15, 2016

Pulse by L. Burkard

About the Book:

What do you do when the whole world... stops?

When everything--transportation, grocery shopping, cell phones, the internet--comes to a sudden, crashing halt?

Welcome to PULSE. Three teenage girls and their families must survive when America's worst nightmare actually occurs: The failure of the electric grid due to an electromagnetic pulse. To outsiders, Andrea Patterson has the American dream house and family. But when the unthinkable happens, the dream looks more like a nightmare--one from which she and her family may not wake up alive. Lexie Martin's homesteading family has never been cool like Andrea's, but they've been prepping for disaster for years. For them, the world didn't stop; it just slowed down. The one thing they didn't prepare for? A psycho school bus driver who wants what they've got. Sarah Weaver, friend of Andrea and Lexie, lives on the top floor of a ten-story apartment building. When things went black, she thought it could be romantic, like in the time of Jane Austen.

She was wrong.
 Has the world collapsed forever?

Who will survive when technology fails? Perhaps even more important,

Who will get to eat?

My Thoughts:

It's been in the headlines lately.  The possibility exists.  But do we really believe it can happen?  An electromagnetic pulse that shuts America down.  Would you and your family be able to not only survive, but thrive?

This isn't the first novel I've read concerning the alarming possibility of an EMP to destroy our infrastructure and way of life.  But what makes this book both extremely disturbing and highly engaging is the simple fact that the intended audience is today's young person.

We see what events unfold and watch three teenaged girls process and manage the after effects of a possible EMP.  No one knows for certain that this was a catastrophic and natural event, or an act of terrorism.  No one knows how long the world will come to a sudden halt, or how far and wide the effects have spread.

L. Burkard has crafted a chilling dystopian novel that grips the reader from the first chapter and has you begging to reach the end, just to know who makes it through and how everyone fares---and you forget that these are imaginary people.

It's stories like this one that get me very excited for today's young adult reader.  Quality fiction with a powerful message that flows like water is what I look for when I read, and L. Burkard is a must-read author.  My thanks to her for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book you do NOT want to miss!  Highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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