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Book review: Dystopia: The Beginning of the End by DJ Cooper

Matt and Destiny are preppers. They have been watching alerts, gathering supplies, and review imagehoning their skills for many years. Meeting with like minded people, sharing thoughts, ideas, values. And then it happened. It came in the form of Ebola and terrorist attacks, but the real news was the small scrolling notification at the bottom of the screen, one which altered them to the true dire straits their country was in. This was about more than the Ebola, this was about the country’s collapse. It was time to act, to put into action the skills they had learnt. The world around them is in the throes of chaos, they must quickly learn who to trust and how to survive. The world has been turned askew, there are those who will exploit this, raping, pillaging, and taking anything they want as theirs. Matt and Destiny must find a way to protect themselves, and those they care for, before the worst thing imaginable happens.
One of the things which instantly struck me about this book is that in places it could be used as a how-to manual. It is filled with great and executable ideas introduced through the story itself (my favourite being the solar oven. You bet I am going to be trying that one out.) It is clear how much research has gone into this book simply due to its content. The characters are interesting, and the plot itself follows one group as they witness the events they have been prepping for, the end of world, although not in your dramatic zombie apocalypse or mutant creatures scenario. This is a down-to-Earth, true to life, prepper plot. Hardship and danger reveals the true natures of a person, and through these characters we clearly see this occurring, not only on minor scales, but on the extreme as well. It is a well-designed world and holds very true to how events would probably occur. There are a few areas where their acquisitions became a little too much like reading a list and the book itself needs a little tweaking, which is why I opted for a 4 star rating, but the overall concept and story-telling is good.
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