How long would it take for the foundations of society to begin to erode once the conveniences that we take for granted, that we depend on, are no longer available? What if the electricity was suddenly switched off? What if clean, drinkable water became a scarcity within a week? What if food was rationed and then wasn’t available at all?
Just how long would our civility last? How long would it be before everyday life would denigrate into the lawlessness of the wild west?
Life After An EMP Attack
In Lights Out, David Crawford explores these questions in a compelling and engaging way. The fictional, yet realistic, novel is set in a small town near San Antonio, Texas, shortly after an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) eliminates most of the America’s modern conveniences. No one is sure what has happened or how long it’ll last. The government promises relief and a quick return to normalcy, yet the threads that keep society woven together continue to unravel.
Residents of the small town must learn to work together while coping with hardships and surprises along the way. Interpersonal conflicts arising from strong-willed characters, life and death decisions that must be made with imperfect information, and the constant struggle for survival in a new reality make this book a good read for the prepper and non-prepper alike.
Not A SOP Book
As with other EMP novels, purists may disagree with the specific effects of an EMP that the author incorporates in the story. However, Crawford seems to have done quite a bit of research into the subject and his projected implications are certainly plausible.
At times, some technical aspects of how the residents adapt are significantly glossed over. For example, the main character finds that many of the affected vehicles can be retrofitted with older parts so that they can run again. No details are given on how that’s accomplished. But this is not entirely bad.
Unlike Rawles in Patriots, Crawford errs on the side of caution when providing technical details. This book is not intended to be a crash course in Standard Operating Procedures guised as a novel. Instead the storyline is put first and this works well.
A Read Worthy Of Your Time
In my opinion, Lights Out stands on its own as a good work of literature. You can lend your copy to non-prepper friends and use it as a way to help introduce them to the need for preparing for an uncertain future.