Why I bought it: I love disaster/survival stories--whether the disaster is caused by a massive earthquake, EMP, terrorist attack, or zombie apocalypse. So when I saw this book on Amazon, I couldn't resist putting it in my cart. (Because once again, my library didn't have it.)
The Premise: Grace is just finishing her freshman year of college when a terrorist strike takes out the power grid. Chaos quickly ensues. Luckily Grace's dad--a serious prepper and science fiction writer who's plotted the end of the world numerous times--has prepared her for this kind of disaster. He's even given her a key to a locker with everything she and her roommate, Zoe, will need to make the 600 mile journey home. Too bad the roads they must travel on are filled with other people not quite so prepared...and definitely not on their side.
My thoughts: I really liked Grace. She's tough and resilient and never backs down. And her relationship with her dad brought a welcome layer of humor and heart to an otherwise predictable plot. I wish every chapter had been about her and Zoe and their journey. Sadly, half the chapters focus on another character, Ray, a pot-smoking video gamer who's decided to start living life like he's the hero of Grand Theft Auto. Talk about a despicable human being! But I guess every disaster novel needs its requisite bad guy. (I also didn't love the first five chapters that were all about the terrorists; Horton could have done away with those entirely in my opinion. But at least they were short.) This wasn't a perfect read, but despite its shortcomings, I still liked it. It's a decent disaster read with a memorable and fun heroine. And I'd read book two, Grace Under Fire, just to find out what happens to Grace next.
Rating: 3/5 stars. Best of all? It counts as my first read for Lark's Backlist Reader Challenge!