Prepper Fiction Review – The Survivalist Series by A. American

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The Survivalist Series by A. American

Have you ever considered walking a significant distance to get home to your family in the wake of an EMP? I have, and as I was sitting in a hotel room 2,008 miles away from my family while browsing for a new book on Amazon, the opening line of the description to Going Home immediately had me clicking “Buy now with 1-Click” without reading the reviews.

“When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.”

Admittedly, knowing how incredibly poorly some survivalist fiction is written combined with the term “prepper pack” (Seriously, what the hell is that?), I probably should have read the reviews.

However, it turned out to be a very good purchase. I read through Going Home, Surviving Home, and Escaping Home this past winter in less than a week and was continually impressed by the hints and tips the author managed to weave into what is in general a very good story line. I was also pleasantly surprised that after reading them again this summer I found that a fourth book, Forsaking Home, had been published and after reading it was happy to find a suitable end to this story line. I’m hopeful the author doesn’t try to take this story line further as I’m not sure where the plot could conceivably go from here without completely jumping the shark.

Update: A fifth book, Resurrecting Home, was published on 12/31/14, and I now have to retract my previous statement. Resurrecting Home was a tremendous book that I’m very glad I was able to read! You can find my review of Resurrecting Home here.

In the end this is one of my favorite series, even if the author does take the plot on odd little journeys every now and again. I give it a solid 4/5 stars and would highly recommend you give it a read; you’ll find the links to buy it on Amazon below if you are so inclined.

Notes & Caveats

  • Did you see where I mentioned “jumping the shark” above? The one thing that bothers me about this series (and prepper fiction in general admittedly) is just how quick situations escalate. I personally can’t see myself summarily executing a neighbor in the street no matter how bothersome they are to me, but, yes, that does indeed happen in this series.
  • This series does seem to appeal more to hardcore preppers as it moves through the books. The last person I recommended it to had trouble suspending their disbelief enough to get through Escaping Home enjoyably.
  • Compared to most survivalist and prepper fiction, this book is incredibly well edited. It’s not up to the level I would have expected from Plume, but it still leaps and bounds above any self published works I’ve read.
  • All in all, I highly recommend the entire series.

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  1. The survival part worked well for me in the book. What was hard for me to swallow was the government ending all consumption / the US economy in favour of control reliance on handouts and putting people in camps.

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