ALL SYSTEMS DOWN
By Sam Boush
Boush invokes Tom Clancy mixed with a TV show from a few years ago, Revolution, to showcase the horror of life when the power gets turned off. The blackout is the result of a hacker from North Korea, and the mass panic and chaos that follows is terrifying and feels frighteningly real. Boush takes his characters from all walks of life including the military, a former police officer seeking a job, and a nosy neighbor who takes advantage of the widespread fear to seize power.
Rather than a standard thriller with the hero and definable villain, Boush writes the story as a journalist showcasing different aspects and survivors of this new world, while putting the reader deep into the turmoil. This is clearly the first novel in what should be a gripping series, and he’s off to an amazing start.