Author – Kristan Cannon
Genre – Sci-fi, Dystopian
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 5/27/16
There are a slew of characters in After Oil; keeping track of them was a challenge. The first half of the story was rather vague in direction; past half way the plot direction became clearer. The plot is good but sketchy, many questions and loose ends went unanswered: What happened to the early on military presence of Colonel Harnet? How did a group of over two hundred faculty and students at the university survive for six months during the harshest of winters when thousands of others froze or starved? Where did their food come from? How did Garrett survive? Why did the crew at the High Falls Dam resent Garrett and want him removed? As in any good apocalyptic tale, resourceful survivors and dastardly pillagers abound.
The main focus of the story is a group at the large home of Dr. Sheridan Wither and her husband Terrence. The family is invited for Christmas and snow is falling incessantly. Electrical power and all communications fail without warning. Soon others come looking for refuge and the story takes shape. Sheridan emerges as a natural leader and is elevated to the position of Queen. Yes, Queen Sheridan.
Suspicions of what caused the after oil apocalypse floated throughout the story until near the end of the book. Worldwide mismanagement and lies by government officials and heads of major corporations finally gave way to the truth; the worlds supposedly huge oil reserves had been depleted, no crude oil remained.
Character development was good for the main characters, and they displayed a full range of emotions and personalities.
The material resources Sheridan and Terrence had curiously accumulated came off as contrived, as if they had been expecting the worst and had prepared for it over several years.
The way the ending was left hanging indicated there will be several continuing stories in a series. Then perhaps we'll learn more about the future of Sheridan's group as well as other survivors scattered in the area. It's hard to consider this a stand alone story because so many details were passed over and will hopefully be covered in future stories.
And now the bad news. Editing and sentence structure are extremely poor. The writing style is wordy and often repetitive.
There are big gaps in the level of detail. Several times I wanted to know more, but the story moved on without filling in the holes.
If you're a stickler for professional quality, you may want to pass on this story even though the plot is interesting.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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