If I had to pick my top favorites among Survivalist Literature, (fiction) this would be among the top three.
It's an older book. Back before everybody self published, if a post apocalyptic book got on the market it went through an established publisher for the most part. Consequently, the story line had been vetted, it had been edited, and you got a good read.
Today lots of well intentioned people write post apocalyptic fiction novels, and you can buy them cheaply on line. Alas, a lot of what's out there is roughly high school level. Creative Writing 101 gone berserk. Bad editing and typo's drive me crazy and you get a lot of those with self published work. So while I read a lot these on line only .99 works, I tend to stick to the best books and read them again. Usually the really good ones are available in print.
This particular book is very good. I'd rate it right up there with the first two books of the "Deep Winter" series by Thomas Sherry.
In 2013, Crawford was offered a deal by a major studio for the script. He and the producer, Travis Fox, had the moral courage and strength of character to turn them down, for reasons delineated in this clip from a theater web page below.
If you have been involved in preparedness for any length of time, you will have heard of a book entitled “Lights Out” by David Crawford. If you haven’t perhaps you should check it out!
There has been some exciting news in the past few months: Lights Out is being made into a movie…Actually, a trilogy is planned! This project is exciting to us for a number of reasons. The producer of the film is NOT a Hollywood bigshot. His name is Travis Fox, and he’s a prepper.
Travis has already turned down full funding from a studio that wanted all the good guys to be “underpriviledged minorities” and the bad guys to be “racist whites,” and to add lots of explosions.
I don't think they ever got the project off the ground due to funding constraints. Remnants took years to get finished, was never distributed by any major studio, and only received "main stream studio" backing when the studio got to make massive changes to the story and got rid of some of the very best scenes. I'm afraid that Lights Out ran afoul of the Hollywood clique as well.
Lights Out could have gone the way of Remnants. That was a post apocalyptic movie, funded by small contributions from members of the survivalist and prepper communities. It was excellent. You could watch the major scenes as they finished them on the movie's web page. Outstanding, and the script was written by real survivalists, not Hollywood Jades. But they ran out of money, and had to take the Hollywood coin. Immediately the whole plot was rewritten to be a Cheap Jack political conspiracy pot boiler, and all the good scenes were cut. The finished product, which reeked, bore no resemblance to what it would have been had the original people managed to complete their project.