Jack's 2020 First Time ROOTin'
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Will Read Over and Over Again 5.0
Almost Perfect 4.5
Very Good 3.5
Want to Claw my Eyes Out 0.5
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EB = Ebook (Overdrive/Kindle)
LT = LibraryThing Early Review
A = Audio Book
Let me preface this by saying I'm a fan of Forstchen's disaster novels. This one is no different. Instead of an EMP this time, solar flares are threatening the world with an Extinction Level Event. Told through two story paths (a scientist at the White House and a couple in the Ozarks), the main question is: at the end, would you do the moral thing?
Blend the nightmare of shopping/working at an IKEA knock-off store with a traditional haunted house and you have this interesting (but not great) tale of 5 employees trying to survive overnight in their store. While there was some mild humor in places, I mostly wanted to slap the s*** out of the main characters for being so cliche.
An average collection of post-apocalypse/dystopian short stories for young adults (in the young adult world these two genres seem to be interchangeable...sigh). Some stories deserve a special mention though and these 4 stood out to me: "The Other Elder" by Beth Revis (set in the Across the Universe series), "Reunion" by Susan Beth Pfeffer, "Blood Drive" by Jeffrey Ford, and "How Th'irth Wint Rong by Hapless Joey @ Homeskool.guv" by Gregory Maguire (although it is hard to read as it is written in dialect).
I thought this would be an interesting book filled with new and intriguing medical dilemmas and their solutions. While some of the situations were new, most you've probably seen before on an episode of one of the many Law and Order franchises. The cases were presented (with often hilarious names), then a brief history of the ethical dilemma (e.g., prisoner's rights), then we are told it is basically up to the doctor to decide (everytime).