EMP Disaster #2
by Grace Hamilton
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Pub Date 13 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 19 Oct 2021
Alone in the darkness, the survivors must fend for themselves…
After an EMP catastrophe shuts down power worldwide, the entire planet is plunged into darkness. Melanie and a small group of survivors have found shelter in an abandoned factory. But a violent horde is determined to kick them out of their safe haven. And without new allies to help fortify their position, defending their home may prove impossible.
When Melanie’s husband, Mark, falls ill from an infected wound, it becomes clear that the survivors cannot stay in their shelter forever. And even if they could, someone must venture beyond the walls to get the medicine Mark desperately needs.
Tensions run high. Anger, violence, and betrayal threaten to tear the survivors apart from the inside, before the mob beyond their gates gets a chance.
And when their enemies finally arrive, the price of safety may be too high for Melanie to pay…
Average rating from 4 members
I love how the covers are have a theme and you can clearly see that they are part of the same series. I really like how the titles also have a theme, in this series, EMP Disaster, so far, the first two book’s titles have both started with the word “Chaos”. After reading bk 1 and the cliff hanger ending I seriously couldn’t wait to start reading this book, and it’s right back into the action with Melanie, Lizzy and their group defending the factory and its contents from returning members of Derek Platts crazy cult of extreme preppers led by Cooper who are determined to gain control of it. When Melanie & Lizzy’s group manage to keep them at bay despite the extreme preppers having what seems like a larger arsenal of tear gas canisters and other weapons. At first the group feel relief but then the realisation hits that they will have to finish off Cooper and some of his crazy friends before they can truly feel any sort of lasting peace. When the damage done by Cooper and his crazy gang is assessed it’s clear that they need to be repaired quickly before Cooper’s inevitable return. It’s whilst taking a list of damage that the group in the factory realise, they are not equipped with the necessary skills to sufficiently repair the breaches in the factory. Without help it will not take much effort of Crazy Cooper and his gang to gain fairly easy access to Beaton’s factory. Perhaps this is the reason that Melanie is so eager to accept more people to the group at the factory when a dishevelled bunch of fellow survivors arrive at the gates of the factory. Although Melanie decides to accept to of the survivors into the haven of Beaton’s Factory, however it is only because they have skills to trade in exchange for shelter and food and she makes this very clear. The other survivors in the group as sent away. Whether she has let two more sheep into the fold or a sheep and a wolf is something she finds out much later. Sadly, after an original character is killed, Melanie comes to the conclusion she has made a large mistake about on of those she let in. Characters I still loved in this book were Melanie Pearson and her still injured husband Mark. Even though Mark desperately needs some stronger antibiotics for the infection caused by his gun shot wound she delays going in search of them to make sure everyone else is as safe as possible. Finally, Melanie gives in to her inner turmoil and external pressure from their daughter Shona, and she sets off alone to a nearby pharmacist one of the newbie factory dwellers tells her about to bring medication for Mark and any other items that look like they may come in useful at a later date. Shona Pearson and Nathan Platt are becoming closer and always seem to be off whispering together which begins to worry Melanie a little. Though when they come up with a design, collect the supplies and build a working shower, everyone is relieved and all smell much better too which is something Shona was always complaining about. Sometimes Shona comes across as a little spoilt and seems used to perhaps getting more attention and having things much easier than they are now in this new world they are all living in. At the start of the first book, I did like the character of Lizzy Turner and I felt so sorry for her when she had to hurriedly leave her murdered mother’s body behind whilst the group fled to safety. As time went on she shied away from fighting, occasionally making survival and defence more difficult for Melanie, but once again in this book she proves her worth when Melanie puts her on a secret project that proves to become a very useful one when the group need to get into the factory undetected. Of the two new characters, Brian and Rita I initially took to the female welder, Rita Mire more, even though she kept more to herself and was rather standoffish to the others. Rita knows her job and doesn’t like people interfering in it when she is reinforcing the factory. Then there is the mystery of how Cooper and his crazy preppers seem to be one step ahead….and the suspicion falls on the new comers but which one is the “wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing”. . . the amiable, always chatty Brian, or the quiet, maybe secretive Rita? As for the character that dies in this book, it was a shame as I really liked them, (I won’t reveal who it is) they had extremely useful skills, were immediately missed and I’d say changed the dynamic of the group quickly. I think they were a voice of reason, and a very practical person who knew what skills were needed to added to the group for future survival and what needed to be done to extend the group into more of a settlement. This person didn’t just have ideas on how to survive, they had ideas on how to thrive. My immediate thoughts upon finishing this book were, Wow! What a cliff-hanger again!! Summing up it really seems that dealing with Cooper and his crazy gang is like playing whack-a-mole as they get hit and just keep on popping back up. To say I am seriously looking forward to the next book is an understatement!! The taster of Breaking Chaos has made me want to read the book even more, if that’s possible. The other taster chapters at the back of this book are for Escaping Conflict, bk1 in the Island of Refuge, new series and also Endless Winter which is a book co-written by Grace Hamilton and Riley Miller, and after reading those I am definitely interested in reading those too!
ENDURING CHAOS BY GRACE HAMILTON. EMP DISASTER BOOK TWO. Alone in the darkness, the survivors must fend for themselves… After an EMP catastrophe shuts down power worldwide, the entire planet is plunged into darkness. Melanie and a small group of survivors have found shelter in an abandoned factory. But a violent horde is determined to kick them out of their safe haven. And without new allies to help fortify their position, defending their home may prove impossible. When Melanie’s husband, Mark, falls ill from an infected wound, it becomes clear that the survivors cannot stay in their shelter forever. And even if they could, someone must venture beyond the walls to get the medicine Mark desperately needs. Tensions run high. Anger, violence, and betrayal threaten to tear the survivors apart from the inside, before the mob beyond their gates gets a chance. And when their enemies finally arrive, the price of safety may be too high for Melanie to pay… I really enjoyed this book. Thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait for next book. 5*.
Thank you so much Relay Publishing for this great eARC! Enduring Chaos by Grace Hamilton is book two in the EMP Disaster series! Unfortunately I haven't read book one yet. But plan to do so soon! The entire planet has no power worldwide after a EMP catastrophe takes place! Melanie and A group of other survivors hunker down in a abandoned factory. When a violent horde suddenly kicks them out of their safety net! Finding a new home seems nearly impossible. Sadly Melanie's husband gets very sick from his being to badly infected.... They come to the grave reality that they can not stay in their shelter forever! But someone has to go seek medicine for Mark and to do so they have leave from behind their safety of the walls! The rage, pressure and bloodshed are starting to tear these survivors apart! Can these one survivors do what it takes to help and save one another? Ok after reading book two I've GOT TO READ THE FIRST ONE! Got to! This was the best post-apocalyptic story I've read in some time! And ladies and gents this is why I love post-apocalyptic reads! Grace has nailed this book and her writing is lit! I was glued to my Kindle, I couldn't, didn't want to do anything until I finished this read! And for that solely I'm giving it a 5 Star Rating! The characters here a very interesting, intriguing! The book is full of crazy shit.... The suspense is wild! Add danger to it.... Its fire! Read this phenomenal book now! I'm ready for book three please! Thank you much to publisher, NetGalley and Author for the chance to read and review this book! I will tag when I posts to my platforms! Thank you!