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three little birds caught up in the apocalypse
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
Co-penned by Barry Napier and Mike Kraus, It Falls Apart checks off all the boxes to render it a bomb-ass read in the ever crowded doomsday survival genre. What makes it so good? Well, for one, it presents protagonists who don't do stupid things. That matters a lot.
Maybe some plot spoilers.
It's an odd team-up, a day care operator, her four-year-old charge, and a shell-shocked, middle-aged NYPD beat cop. Wait, what am I sayin'? Everybody's shell-shocked in New York City after what went down in the wee hours of the morning: a routine Coast Guard check that ends with a detonation at sea less than two miles from the coast. A few hours later, multitudes of New Yorkers come down with severe stomach ache, nausea, and high fever, quickly followed by death thirty to forty-five minutes after. You and I are experienced readers of post-apocalyptic yarns, so we suspect right away a biological attack on American soil.
I honestly couldn't put down the Kindle. I tore thru it like a tasty breakfast burrito. The writing made me care for the characters who come off like real people faced with tough decisions. And who knew that a little girl cheerfully singing Bob Marley's hopeful "Three Little Birds" could be so heartbreaking? Or, to quote the day care worker, "creepy"? We savvy that there are dark forces at work responsible for the deadly virus. We learn thru one reclusive side character - a disgraced ex-Homeland Security Intelligence agent - that more attacks are imminent. Terrence Crowder, the ex-Homeland Sec guy, is necessary as he's the gateway for us to piece together the ongoing conspiracy what's bent on tearing down our nation.
As for Olivia, Paul, and Joyce - respectively, the day care worker, beat cop, and little girl - they're trying to make a hard push out of New York, bound for Paul's grandfather's secluded cabin in the mountains of West Virginia, where they hope the virus is out of reach. Would an LOL be too inappropriate here?
What a well-paced story. The authors set things up in riveting fashion and delivers a detailed breakdown of how a society crumbles in the span of a day... yet with space enough for solid character work. There are gruesome scenes of New York avenues littered with corpses and dried vomit that justify the grown-ups wrapping a blindfold around the little girl as they set out from Olivia's modest day care center. For those not of the gorehound persuasion, let me assure you that it's actually really not that graphic. Sure, you may infer the predation and brutality that normally go down in these scenarios, but, while this isn't a cozy apocalypse, the violence is mostly kept "off camera." I appreciate that. I could do without the sensory overload. Anyway, as mentioned, I couldn't put the story down. When I finished, I immediately downloaded the sequel and am currently chapters deep into it, and, oooh, new characters to root for. Correction, one new character to root for. She's in the FBI.