By L.R. Burkard
Published by: Lilliput Press
275 Pages

Back Cover: What do you do when the whole world stops?
When everything you've come to depend upon--transportation, grocery shopping, cell phones, and the internet--comes to a sudden, crashing halt?
Welcome to PULSE.

Three teenage girls and their families must survive when America's worst nightmare actually occurs: The failure of the electric grid due to an electromagnetic pulse.

To outsiders, Andrea Patterson has the American dream house and family. But when the unthinkable happens and life is forever different, the dream looks more like a nightmare--one from which she and her family may not wake up alive.

Lexie Martin's farm family has never been cool like Andrea's, but they've been prepping for disaster for years. For them, the world didn't stop; it just slowed down. The one thing they didn't prepare for? A psycho school bus driver who wants what they've got.

Sarah Weaver, friend of Andrea and Lexie, lives on the top floor of a ten-story apartment building. When things went black, she thought it could be romantic--like living in the time of Jane Austen.

She was wrong.

Has the world collapsed forever?
Who will survive when technology fails? Perhaps even more important,
Who will get to eat?

REVIEW: The cover made me stop, then I looked at the author’s name. I was thrilled to learn that L.R. Burkard and Linore Burkard were the same person. I adored the authors other books and was excited to read this new YA series. The set up for this story is brilliant. The reader experiences the tragic worldwide event from three very different teenage girls’ POV’S. These three girls are friends and go to school together – that is about as much as they have in common. The author introduces one young lady at a time; writing the novel in first person; which made it more intimate. Andrea is 16 and the first teenager to experience the fall out. Each new chapter starts out giving the time line like this Jan 11th Day one (and so on – this is important when you read the other girls stories)

Andrea things to herself, “So my dad got all upset because when he went to leave for work the car went halfway down the driveway and died. His precious Mercedes. I was just walking out to wait for the school bus and he hurried towards me in a huff, yelling something about how the starter wouldn’t even turn over.”

“What’d you do to the car, Andrea? He demanded. I stared at him. I couldn’t believe he was trying to pin it on me.”

After the reader learns about that family they meet the next teenager in PART 2 Lexie Jan 11th 16 years old - Day one. Lexie thinks to herself, “We’re the “preppers” we’d long ago taken seriously the idea that something catastrophic could render the country helpless in a matter of minutes by shutting down the entire electric grid. Heck, we almost expect it. My parents even had enough emergency supplies in storage to last through such a disaster…had it really happened?” As you can see this gal has a different spin on things. It’s quite fascinating to read.

The reader meets the last teen SARAH in PART 3 she too is 16 years old and lives in the city. She has a completely different situation then the other two girls which reminded me of the movie The Day After. The author takes readers through all these families’ lives -later mixing up the girls situations as time goes on. The author takes readers to part 6 which is three months out in time.

Each family has troubles even the ones that are prepared. Readers see that fire drills are different than actually experiencing the real deal! This is a realistic look at what desperate people do in desperate times. It’s edgy but not too graphic. This book sets the stage for the next book in the series. You’ll want to know what happens to these three friends and the families. You’ll want to know how God moves in their lives through impossible situations. This book grabbed my heart and never let go as I watched these families struggle; I couldn’t help but wondered what I’d do.

I instantly cared about these girls and their all too real situation. I had read a series similar to this one that showed a small towns struggle. It didn’t happen in the thick of winter like this story did. This one is written in first person which puts a whole new spin on things. Learning about this through the eyes of teens had me spell bound! You won’t want to miss this gritty and powerful series. This would make a great book club pick. There is so much to discuss.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St Laurent                                               
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