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When do we realize there is a disaster around us? There are stages of growing insight.
January 19, 2019
I'll avoid writing what other 5-star reviewers have written, if I can, having not read every single review.
Konkoly describes the mental processes and behavioral adaptations/decisions that different individuals go through as people realize the SHTF disaster is upon them. The writer's characters are all quite credible, appealing in their different ways, and each undergoes a different process of recognizing what the hell is going on in their lives, and what they must do about it, based on their prior experiences and different approaches to preparation.
This wonderful book, and the subsequent books in the series, invite us to enter the lives of individuals during a crisis none of them can fully understand. In a way, reading Konkoly guides us through the process of mental preparation for meeting this sort of a disaster and responding in a way that may just mean the difference between surviving and not surviving.
One of his unique gifts is the ability to slow down subjective time, and allow us to glimpse the moment to moment thoughts and interactions between individuals thrust into conflict, or thrust into imperfect alliances.
I suspect he has experienced the tachypsychia of acute stress reactions himself, to permit such detailed explication.
If you remember where you were on 9-11, and how you gradually realized what was going on, it should be clear that one of the most perplexing aspects of massively traumatic experiences that blanket an entire population is that nobody knows what's going on around them. Now, imagine if phone service and internet service had completely collapsed, if the power grid had collapsed. All of these infrastructure failures are possible, and they are increasingly likely to occur.
Understanding comes gradually. New choices must be made, that have never previously been acceptable in one's own life.
Decisions are unavoidable, in spite of our awareness that we don't have a complete understanding of our situation.
And, under the acute stress of a disaster, we all have spells when we must react without hesitation, during a fight or flight reflex. After that happens, we all ask ourselves, "Did I do the right thing?"
The author writes page turner fiction, hard to put down. I love these books.
Strap in. Read the book. It's quite a ride.