Prepper Fiction Review – The Perseid Collapse by Steven Konkoly


First, one thing I want to point out: While The Perseid Collapse is the first in a three book series of the same name, there was actually a prequel (The Jakarta Pandemic) written as well. I ended up reading the prequel after reading the trilogy, but it still made sense. Personally, I would recommend starting the series with The Jakarta Pandemic. I’ve yet to write a review of the prequel, but as a brief summary in the meantime: It’s good. Read it.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

The Perseid Collapse starts off in 2019, six years after the Jakarta Pandemic hit, with Alex Fletcher, his family, and most of America somewhat back to normal. With the events of the Jakarta Pandemic being the first real test of their preps, the family enjoys a somewhat different outlook on life than they used to. They’re still vegetarians though, which I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered in this genre before; it’s a very nice little quirk that somehow makes the family more human. There’s a good quote about it actually.

You know the saying ‘there’s no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole?’ Well, there’s no such thing as a vegetarian in an apocalypse

Chronicling the first 48 hours after The Event, the story is very fast paced and the author – unlike many authors in this genre – does a splendid job of keeping all the story lines in check, making for a truly enjoyable read. By truly enjoyable, I mean “I blew through the first 100 pages without getting up from my seat” enjoyable. The writing is top notch, and the author’s seven years of service in the US Navy and Marine Corps truly shines through into the story line, but doesn’t completely dominate it as happens occasionally.

In summary, I’m giving this book the same 5 stars I gave it on Amazon. The character development behind the Fletcher family is outstanding, and I enjoyed the fast pace and moving story. You can pick up a copy here.

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