Under a Broken Sun by Kevin Sheridan
As many of you might have noticed I am a huge fan of the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic society types of books whether they be zombies or natural disasters. So I was ecstatic when I found out I had won a copy of this book.
Let me tell you a bit about the book:
Adam Dawson is the son of a famous astrophysicist who works for the President of the United States. He is coming back from a trip abroad when he gets a frantic phone call from his dad telling him that the end of the world as he knows it is coming and that he has to find him in Chicago as soon as possible.
Not 15 minutes later all electronic devices fail. This might not have been such a big concern to Adam if he didn't happen to be in the middle of a crowded airport where planes are falling from the sky directly into the building every couple of minutes.
It is shown then that the Earth has changed and during the day the Sun becomes a deadly foe and at night the temperature drops well below freezing. In this new world where even batteries don't work anymore no one knows how to get on with life. And as Adam's dad has hinted, in a years time there may not be any life to get back to.
Armed with his knowledge that his dad might know what is going on Adam, and woman named Marylyn who happens to be a 'cutter' like him, and a young girl named Ashley who has a mysterious past start making their way through the city on their way to Chicago to find Adam's dad.
As they go along it is shown that Adam is being hunted by a group of hateful Christians who believe that this is Armageddon and that Adam's dad is the Anti-Christ. As they arm together killing all 'non-believers' and taking children from their homes Adam and his group has to fight to stay ahead of them. It is important that Adam beats their group to Chicago to warn his dad of the oncoming army.
Will Adam and his growing group be able to outrun an entire army without getting fried by the much hotter sun? Or will Reverend Hill and his army kill him as a son of Satan and take all his friends away?
I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I read the whole thing in one sitting. It seemed relatively realistic keeping true to what science has taught us. The author clearly knew a lot about the subject, or at least did his research, while writing the book.
One thing I really enjoyed about the characters was that no one was the 'hero' that people expect. When it came to the lootings Adam was the first one into the store and the first one to figure out what was going on. He dealt with the fact that he had to get to his dad a soon as possible. This lead to him debating leaving his friends behind many times.
I almost thought that anyone Christian reading this book might have been a bit offended by the crazy Christian belief the author used to try to kill off the main character. But somehow it seemed he made it better by making his father just as bad as a 'Non-believer'. They even explain near the end that not all Christians are bad just as not all Non-believers are good. I liked that the author was able to do that.
So if you are a bit offended by that while reading keep reading and hopefully it will be resolved. If not than I am sure he didn't mean any offence.
With all of that being said I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Certainly recommended for those of you who love to read about people living through disasters and learning how they cope.
Have a great day everyone and I will see you in a couple of days.