I love living a prepper life, and I’m sure you do, too! I spend quite a bit of time wondering about various emergency scenarios and if I am prepared for them. When I was given the chance to review Post Grid- a novel written about global disaster author by husband and wife team Nancy and Tony Martineau, I jumped at the chance!
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About Tony and Nancy Martineau: The authors are preppers themselves and are prepared for nearly any (probable) emergency. They are both licensed radio operators, former Civil Air Patrol members, semi-homesteaders, and parents to two grown daughters. Nancy and Tony wrote Post Grid to raise awareness for the prepper lifestyle in a fun way. Post Grid is suitable for teen and adult readers. You can connect with them on their Facebook page.
Post Grid Review
Post Grid opens with a frightening premise- what would happen if all power stopped at once? Doors wouldn’t open, hospital patients would die, cars would stop working, and life would never be the same.
Post Grid explores the possible reality that is the mission of many preppers to prepare against- the failure of modern conveniences and social structure. In this universe, all electronics are wiped out in one fell swoop from a nuclear device detonated above the atmosphere, leaving everyone to fend for themselves 1800s style.
The unfortunate characters in Post Grid have the extreme misfortune of living in Arizona when this catastrophic event happens- making it even harder to survive without modern conveniences.
What I Liked Most About The Story
One of the characters in the story was part of Civil Air Patrol. Few people realize this, but in high school, I was in CAP along with my brothers. It was fun and there was a lot of emergency preparation that we learned there (which is one reason why I am a prepper today).
One of the families in the story is Jewish, which opens up a whole different aspect of survival living as the family is Kosher. I liked how the story explored how their diet and lifestyle would be much harder in a survival situation. I never considered that aspect of apocalyptic living before.
The book has everyone gather together in a large community group helping one another out. This is different from most novels in this sort of universe which has everyone turn on each other quickly. I’m not sure which way it would go- but I like to think people would help each other in a situation like this.
What I Liked Least
Post Grid is written in a simplistic style that was a little hard for me to get into at first, but after a while I was able to fall into the rhythm of the story.
The main characters were from military a background, which means they were more prepared for emergency than the average person. I imagine the events in the story would have gone quite differently if the characters had no emergency training.
The Provident Prepper: a common-sense guide to preparing for emergencies
by Kylene & Jonathan Jones
No one knows when a storm will hit or an economic disaster take place. Protect your family by being prepared for things like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, and civil unrest. The Provident Prepper is an easy-to-use guide without doom and gloom.
Post Grid is a cute story with a little drama, a little romance, a little technology, and a lot of old-fashioned fun. If you are tired of reading about post-apocalyptic stories that are completely depression (take The Road, for example), Post Grid offers a glimpse into a possible reality that still allows for some humanity and generosity to remain.
The book is a quick read and would be a fun way for a prepper to spend the weekend or several winter nights lost in a non-depressing survivalist world.
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