I remember getting my first cell phone. I remember my first computer and my first incredibly clunky, heavy lap top computer. I remember life before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I remember getting an email address when I only knew one other person who had email. I remember when nobody texted but everybody read text. I remember a time when every person standing in line for a bus or walking down the street or sitting in a mall didn’t have a phone they were staring at. I remember all these things like they were only yesterday, because in practical terms, they were only yesterday.
Don’t get me wrong. I use technology. I love technology. I went through the Y2K threat when people believed that a glitch in computer programming was going to shut down the planet. People were pretty terrified and panicked. And then it fizzled out and proved to be nothing.
But then I saw realities in a couple of real life situations; the power outage that left millions of people without power in 2003 and Hurricane Katrina that practically wiped a city off the map. It seemed like in less time than it takes to play a baseball game, society could break down. There was looting, robbery, murders and the breakdown of what we consider civilized behavior.
Of course dystopic literature has become ‘hot’ over the past few years (and actually for the past 3000 or so years since Noah and his ark). From 1984 to Brave New World to Fahrenheit 451 to Hunger Games and Divergent, there have been incredibly dynamic books. Most often though, these stories involved a future society, or were on a distant planet or involved zombies or vampires or something equally not real. I wanted to take our dependence on technology and write about what would happen if all that technology was rendered instantly useless. Not only wouldn’t we have the tools of the modern world but we also wouldn’t have the tools necessary to repair the damage.
The best compliments I can be given about my books are when people tell me they went out and stocked up on water, had an urge to get a gun or couldn’t sleep because they realized this all could happen. And really, it could.
The world keeps getting darker in this second reality-based survival adventure in the Rule of Three trilogy
After sixty-six days of a catastrophic global blackout, life in the suburbs is not what it used to be for Adam and his fortified neighborhood of Eden Mills. Although an explosive clash has minimized one threat from outside the walls, Adam’s battle-hardened mentor, Herb, continues to make decisions in the name of security that are increasingly wrenching and questionable. Like his police chief mom and others, Adam will follow Herb’s lead. But when the next threat comes from an unexpected direction, nobody is ready for it. And someone is going to pay the price—because of Adam’s mistakes and mistaken trust.
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