Prepper Fiction Review – 299 Days: The Preparation by Glen Tate


I want to point out two things before I fully get into this review:

  1. This is not your average prepper book series (Yes, there are TEN books in this series!) filled with uber preppers with basements full of quasi legal M4s and a three year supply of Mountain House. This is infinitely more practical and, in my opinion, likely more realistic than other prepper fiction in that it presents a partial collapse of society.
  2. This book hit uncomfortably close to home for me in that I identified heavily with the main character. I’m mid way through my second read of the series and can’t help but hope that those I love and care about take the time to read it and perhaps get a little more prepared than they are right now. In fact, quite a few of my loved ones will be getting a copy of this book for Christmas this year.

Without further ado, my review of 299 Days: The Preparation. The description on Amazon is a good summary:

Meet Grant Matson: lawyer, father, suburbanite husband who awakens to the fragility of modern society and embarks on a personal journey that introduces him to a world of self-reliance and liberation. 299 Days: The Preparation, the first book in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come. Engaging, insightful and a bit suspenseful, follow Grant’s transition from a self-perceived “sheeple” to a full-blown “prepper.” Will his fears come true? Is he an extremist? What if nothing happens? What if something does?

I don’t think I could give a better description of the book personally, but I do have a couple thoughts and caveats for those interested in reading further.

“Meet Grant Matson: lawyer, father, suburbanite husband who awakens to the fragility of modern society…”

The fragility of modern society. What an amusing phrase that is. I work in the technology field, frequently with multi-billion dollar companies, and see the fragility on a daily basis and to be completely honest, it’s now something I think about on a daily basis ever since I read this book. When Grant wakes up as an overweight suburbanite who forgot where he came from, I honestly had to put the book down again to fully contemplate the thoughts that brought into my own head, and when he started analyzing just how fragile everything keeping the world he lives in is, I started taking an extra deep look at everything around me. I honestly thought my eyes were open before that. I was wrong.

Just how does Grant manage with neighbors that don’t understand him, a wife that wants to bury her head in the sand, an autistic son, and a teenage daughter? You’ll have to read it to find out, but I promise you’ll enjoy it.

Notes & Caveats

  • While I personally have no issue with it, this series does have a Christian influence. Honestly it’s not enough to turn off most secular folks in my opinion, but I do know a few hardcore atheists who wouldn’t deign to pick it up. Oh well, their loss.
  • At times the book is written… oddly is the best word maybe? The occasional blending of first and third person occasionally made me re-read a few sentences but it’s not enough to distract from the story.
  • Caution: You will likely want to start collecting firearms, form your own Team, buy a cabin to bug out to, and become a frequent shopper at the dollar store. Be forewarned. =)

Overall, I give this book a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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