September 24, 2019

#BookReview: If Darkness Takes Us by @bsmithnovelist


IN SUBURBAN AUSTIN, TEXAS, BEA CRENSHAW SECRETLY PREPARES FOR THE APOCALYPSE. But when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents do not return home. 

She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger.

If Darkness Takes Us is realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with a focus on a family in peril, led by a no-nonsense grandmother who is at once funny, controlling, and heroic in her struggle to hold her family together with civility and heart.

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About the Author: Winner of the 2018 SFK Novel Contest, Brenda Marie Smith studied fiction in the UCLA Writers' Program. An environmentalist since she was a teenager, Brenda lived off the grid for many years. She and her husband own a solar- powered home in Austin, Texas, and have more grown kids and grandkids than they can count.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This was not your normal post apocalyptic read. For one the main character was a 70 year old grandma.  I think that if my kids would have been left with their grandma at that age they would be doomed.  This had some feels moments as well as some unexpected ones.  The writing was pretty easy to read and the story had a great flow. I look forward to reading something else from this author.  

"There is real,  identifiable humanity, subtle and sweet and sad, and events utterly shattering  in their intensity."

-- Pinckney Benedict,2018 SFK Press Novel Contest Judge

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