Review: Doomsday Kids #2: Nester’s Mistake

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Publisher: K Squared
Publishing Date: September 1, 2014
ISBN: 9780692261034
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3.2/5

Publisher Description: Inexperienced with firearms and conflicted about killing people, Nester struggles with whether there’s a place for compassion in a world without laws or authority. Then, as nuclear winter sweeps over their mountain home killing crops and animals, a medical emergency threatens one of their number. Nester must make a desperate choice that shatters their little community and irrevocably alters their chances for survival.

Review: I guess that’s Nester on the cover. In the novel he supposedly is bald with broken glasses and looks like a blind naked mole rat.

All or most of the Doomsday kids have arrived at the promised land….Liam’s cabin in the mountains, where life quickly devolves into the Lord of the Flies. There is a constant inter-play of petty jealousy and angst ridden recriminations that thread through daily challenges. Kids and animals are dying of radiation poisoning and live under constant threat from outsiders. The author does a great job creating this myopic world of malaise where constant fear drives the juvenile mind in all sorts of directions.

Back in the 60-70’s I grew up with an M.D. as a father whom was way before his time in terms of being a prepper. Reloading room, organic garden, medical supplies etc. In the landscape of TEOTWAWKI guns and ammo are rare commodities with ammo worth its weight in gold. In order to give a post-apocalyptic novel some credibility, writers have to infuse a knowledgeable sense of firearms/calibers and their use. Like the first novel, this one was pretty thin in that area. Shotgun blasts don’t “zing” off metal and young kids like Amy are not shooting champions especially without any specifics given. Other critical details like; what are the bullets in the bandoliers?, what are the guns?, what are the calibers? I am sure Liam’s dad taught Katie and Marty something?? These details help to build a credible story-line and were sadly non-existent.

When the reader cares enough about a novel to read any subsequent novels in the series, I think the author should spend the time getting every facet correct, as this shows that they care for their works as well. This novel really needed a good editor as there were quite a few grammatical errors.

The great thing about TEOTWAWKI is that no one really knows what will happen to society after a myriad of events that could occur. That leaves this particular genre wide open in terms of creative license. As long as the writing is good (which it was) you can take this story line/plot anywhere. There will always be someone who disagrees with future outcomes and that’s ok as long as the story line maintains a credible foundation. I initially scored this pretty high but the grammatical errors and weak firearm portions brought it down.

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