Penguin Group: 6/24/2014
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Survivalist Series #4
My Thoughts:They survived the collapse, but can they survive the aftermath?Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation’s power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society—but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination.Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm. As Jess creates trouble within the camp, Sarge and his crew plot to take down the entire establishment.From the author of the hit Survivalist Series books, Forsaking Home is an action-packed adventure that depicts the harrowing possibilities of a world gone awry, and the courage it takes to protect what matters most.
Forsaking Home by A. American is a recommended (highly if you are reading the whole series) conclusion to the survivalist series that includes Going Home, Surviving Home, and Escaping Home. Forsaking Home is the fourth book in the series.
For those following the series, Morgan, his family, and all the other characters are back on their trek to survival among lawless citizens and the DHS continues their obscenely wicked ways at the refugee/detention camps. The chapters alternate between life at Morgan's camp and the DHS camp/Sarge's group. Morgan's life this time around is comparatively more settled (for an apocalyptic-end-of-the-known-world survivalist novel) and A. American settles into having his characters provide some more survivalist lessons/skills one would need to know in this situation. This book isn't quite as action packed as the earlier installments of the series.
I was pleased to note that binoculars (rather than binos) were used, as well as a monocular and spotting scope. Enough said.
The quality of the writing in this final book of the series (and I'm just speculating here, but it seemed like it had reached a conclusion) has improved dramatically from the first book. Upon reflection, I do think that books three and four could have been edited in such a way that they made one book - especially since book three just ended mid-story. It is nice to finally reach the conclusion with a bit of hope for the future of society. And I still love Morgan's devotion to his family.
This is survival in Florida, or the deep South. Things might be a bit different in your neck of the woods. We could certainly get some cattail rhizomes here, but forget palm anything. Hey, I've hunted the wild asparagus and morel mushrooms. I've made wild plum jelly and eaten wild rose hips, as well as made them into jelly. We wouldn't be catching any gators to eat, though. I guess I sort of wish someone (not me) could just start snaring wild rabbits and squirrels that are eating up my landscaping without having to eat them because of a societal collapse, but I know they are around should the unthinkable happen. When winter comes, though, things would get dicey.
Going Home, Surviving Home, Escaping Home, and Forsaking Home really should be read in the order they were written to follow the various threads in the plot. Despite the number of pages, they are all easy to read and you can get through them quickly. If you are looking for a summer read full of escapism and enjoy survivalist fiction this series might be a great airplane book choice - except for the EMP or CME in the first book that started the end of civilization.
Disclosure: My paperback edition was courtesy of the Penguin Group for review purposes.