I found it fairly well written, although in a couple places I got the impression Blackstock could have used a wee bit more time than she had for rewrites. The story is basically a look into the heart of human nature in an end of civilization as we know it scenario. A supernova is emitting electromagnetic pulses that destroy all electronics and turn out the lights, with trickle down effects that basically leave folks without virtually everything we’ve come to depend on and leave folks to rediscover real horse power, solar power, bicycles, and manual typewriters. She’s definitely done a thorough job of world building, and has created sympathetic heroes and nasty villains, with the central characters well fleshed out. I never had any doubt as to the wrongly accused Mark’s innocence, but she did an excellent job of keeping the real murderer a secret until she was ready to reveal it.
It’s book three in a series, so I felt lost coming in, but overall she did an excellent job (or as well as can be expected) at getting the reader past that. Though, I still favor starting series at book one.
My only caveat: I suspect Blackstock quoted the bible one too many times for the “use western union to send a message” crowd, but it worked for me (I’d be a hypocrite otherwise, I created a character where one of her personality traits is to frequently paraphrase or allude to scripture.)
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