What do I think of Nate Kenyon’s DAY ONE?

The technological revolution is over and technology has won. Our lives are dependent upon the artificial things on our desks, in our pockets, and hidden in almost every little thing we use to get through the day. Nate Kenyon looks an hour into the future and shows us how fragile that reliance makes us. Don’t mistake this as a retread of The Terminator or The Matrix, though. While DAY ONE’s hero, Hawke, is a specialist, he’s not the one we’re used to seeing, proficient in combat, tactics, and meeting force with force. Instead, Kenyon subverts the familiar man-on-his-own scenario and makes Hawke a Cassandra-like character. He’s an everyman with a better view of the apocalypse than anyone else, but that unique and clear perspective is an instant liability as soon the lights go out. His specialization is worse than useless, it’s a target on his back and an obstacle between him and his only goal: reuniting with his wife and kids. While great action and a driving plot propel the novel and its hero forward, the contrast between our physical frailty and the stalwart determination of an ordinary human being is its beating heart. Original and compelling!

Five Stars!

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~ by poǝןɔɐɯ uǝʞɔɐɹq on 14/11/2013.

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