Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Book Review: The Long Fall of Night (The Long Fall of Night #1) by A.J. Rose
From the blurb: In a flash, everything changes.
When NYU student Asher Caine’s uncle calls to warn him something big is coming, he has no idea it will be so devastating. Not even years of training can prepare him for what he's about to face. The only plan he has is to get his sister and nephew across country to safety, whatever it takes.
The darkness is full of potential. For good or evil, only time will tell.
Elliot Davenport isn’t about to let his Chemistry lab partner leave him behind, though he’s never done a spontaneous thing in his life. Ash is mysterious, aloof, and so damned sexy, Elliot can’t get the guy out of his head. But his crush takes a backseat as the gravity of the situation becomes clear: the eastern two-thirds of the United States has gone dark.
What happens when all the rules change in a split second?
200 million people are without access to sustainable food and water, let alone coffee and the Internet. Facing the worst humanitarian crisis the western world has ever seen, the government calls the military to step in. The entire military.
The soldiers of Team Shockwave are tasked with evacuating civilians to the safety of refugee camps, and then patrolling the new border between the East and West. Shockwave are on the front lines and the fate of an entire nation rests on them.
Welcome to the long fall of night…
The Long Fall of Night is a good read. (Though I can never remember the title.) I'm a total commitmentphobe when it comes to long books (unless it's fanfiction and involves Derek Hale & his amazing eyebrows[ (hide spoiler)]) but this one went quickly. Though I'm not sure if I would've even attempted this book, or finished it, if it weren't for the friends I read it with. Even though I rarely felt bored, I found if I put it down I could walk away from it fairly easily. I didn't feel this intense need to read.
I can tell Rose did a lot of research and put a lot of work into making Long Fall as realistic as possible. When it came to the electricity going out in half the US due to a terrorist attack anyway. But I could've used a little less reality and a little more story. And a little more reality when it came to that story--never did I doubt that our favorite characters, Asher, his sister and nephew and love interest Elliot, would survive. The bad guys were so bad they were about half a minute away from twirling their mustaches--there's no way they could've succeeded at their dastardly plans.
Also, I couldn't help thinking that what would've made this book completely awesome is, well, *whispers shamefully* zombies. I can't help it! I'm completely obsessed with The Walking Dead.
But this books made me massively grateful I live on the West Coast. All you people in the East are apparently fucked 'cause of Washington, DC. Yeah, those sonsabitches. It also made me aware that perhaps I should build my own "bug out bag." Never thought I'd say that but man, this book made me nervous. I admire that--I may not love Long Fall but it's going to stay with me for a long time.
Definitely looking forward to book #2 in this series, which is called The Dark Before Dawn and might be out soon? Here's hoping.