This is from a reviewer and it is really from a reader perspective, and different from the commonly seen sinopsys…
“Our main character Dan is a loving family man who does the daily drone of going to work. What I really enjoyed at the beginning of the book is the description of the work environment, the peer competition, and the office politics. Here I’m thinking the author might be pulling from real life experience and I like it, because it’s believable! Write what you know as they say, right?
Dan is not happy with some of his coworkers, specifically the kiss-ass types who always manage to push their ideas onto the head honchos, despite the fact that it wouldn’t be in the company’s best interest. I’m talking about Carl who can and will suck up to every honcho in the company for his own advancement. Sound familiar anyone? On the other hand, we have Dan. To use Dan’s words, `he refuses to oil squeaking wheels or lick boots.’ Suffice it to say he gets fired and it’s the last `normal’ day he’ll ever have….at least for a while that is.
Dan drives home while listening to a barrage of bad news streaming from the radio. Reading this part reminded me of why I don’t listen to the news. Waaay too depressing! But Dan on the other hand can’t believe how disastrous humanity has become. Killings, terrorist acts, species dying with no apparent reason, countries at war, on and on it goes. I almost wanted to smack Dan on the shoulder and tell him to shut off the radio.
Fast forward and Dan gets home to his family and is pummeled with more `evil’ news on TV. The author succeeds in showing just how decrepit the human society has become. And you know what? Things can actually get worse! Dan, along with his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Annah all head to bed at the end of the evening. All seems normal and poor Dan is now wondering what he’s going to do for work.
He wakes up in the middle of the night because of a strong windstorm blowing outside. The next morning the family is chipper and Dan heads out to bring Annah to school. On the way, he spots a tractor with the driver slumped over. He calls his wife and asks her to call the emergency personnel. Then he gets on the highway and that’s when things take a queer turn. There are cars everywhere, having crashed in one way or another. Nothing moves and there is no noise. Dan freaks and heads back home.
From there the story takes us through Dan’s discovery of what has happened to the people of the community. He goes to see if his neighbors are all right and comes back wishing he hadn’t gone looking. Confusion, sadness, and fear start to mix into a potent mixture. What has happened? I’ll let you discover this for yourself…..Will you believe me if I say that Facebook just might save the day?”
By: Massimo Marino
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