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  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A review for the whole series so far books 1-5

  • By Gary on 17-03-15

Interesting story, mediocre execution

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I found the plot of this book quite compelling; it was interesting enough that I was motivated to keep going to the end and listen to the second in the series. However, it’s worth noting that the story does feel, at times, like it’s pandering to the survivalist community in a sort of “Aren’t ordinary people stupid for not anticipating societal collapse” sort of way. (I believe the word “sheeple” is used at one point.)

Where I feel this book is let down is in the quality of the writing. Some of the dialogue is rather unnatural and in quite a few places, repeated words ruin the flow of the sentence. I started Going Home shortly after finishing a Stephen King novel, and the difference in writing ability was very obvious.

If you enjoy this genre, and you’re willing to endure rather clunky prose for the sake of a good narrative, then I’d recommend this book. Otherwise, you can afford to give it a miss.