Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Post Apocalyptic Fiction by Deborah Moore
Deborah Moore has been a "prepper" for quite awhile. She's been associated with SurvivalWeekly.com for a long time, and is a friend of Jim Cobb, a noted author of useful prepper books . Ms. Moore lived in the deep forest, completely off grid, for many years and her experience shows in the realism of her story line.
The Journal: Cracked Earth traces events in a small town after the New Madrid Fault becomes active, causing serious disruptions throughout the country, and a temporary breakdown of the social infrastructure.
The book is written entirely from the perspective of the female protagonist, a rural woman who lives by herself and takes care of herself, but is plagued by loneliness and the difficulties of managing her largely self sufficient compound single handed.
Bearing in mind that these books started out as serialized fiction on a blog, and were intended to be training aids, her writing is actually very good and the story retains a readers attention. The books tend to deal more with the issues women are concerned with, so there are no barbarian hordes swarming across the countryside, and far less of the violent action that most novels for men feature. Rather, it's a kind of how to do story, featuring a lot of recipes for meals I could have done without, and a great deal of introspective reflection by the main character on men, relationships, security of the family, et al. All of these are important, but they don't make for exciting reading. Even so, the story is good enough to keep you reading and an individual who pays attention can't help but come away with some valuable information. I've had chickens for 16 years and I still learned a few things about chickens and egg production from Moore's story line.
Ash Fall picks up where Cracked Earth ended. It details the further adventures of the primary character in the first novel, as well as the ancillary characters who appeared as the story developed.
The books are both concerned with tectonic shifting and the havoc earthquake and volcanoes consequently inflict on the North American continent. A third book is in the wings, and I'm looking forward to reading that.
These novels have been published in both print and kindle editions. The reviews from those who purchased the first two novels have been overwhelmingly favorable, and I tend to lean that way myself. With the advent of self publishing at virtually no cost via Kindle style books, there's a lot of post apocalyptic fiction out there and most of it is pretty terrible. These two works were written by a person who knows her topic intimately, and the editing is excellent, which prevents those aggravating errors that so detract from an otherwise good story.
Neither the Kindle edition nor the print edition are particularly cheap, but you're getting two things for your money. One is a good, entertaining read. Women will particularly enjoy the books because they were basically written by a woman for women. The other is some very specialized knowledge that will come in handy for anyone of the survivalist or prepper mind set. In reading these two books, the protagonist reminded me of several women I've met through blogging over the years, and somehow that made the story even more credible. They're worth the money.