Review of One Second After (A John Matherson Novel Book 1)

I just finished reading One Second After (A John Matherson Novel Book 1) by William R. Forstchen.📚

John is at home with his family when all of a sudden, the power falls out. But soon, they come to realize that it was not only the power that failed at that moment.

An EMP strike has disabled most of America, and the sooner the villager in the small town of Blackrock in North Carolina work together, the more of them will be able to survive the coming month.


Please note that from here on out, the text can contain spoilers of the book.

The book starts like every other book in this genre and does not surprise much. But the book still feels a lot different compared to, for example, the Disruption Trilogy books, which has the same cause for the apocalypse. But this book concentrates a lot more on the human condition in such an event — something I very much liked.

I like how the author did not focus too much on the battles and more on the humans' problems. Although you certainly feel that he uses the story to place a political message.

Another positive point is that the book does not end in a happy end for the main protagonist; there is no rescue at the last moment. It makes for some heart-wrenching scenes, but for me, it also makes the book better and more believable.

Because Mr. Forstchen did not show the battles in detail but still writes quite a lot about the preparation, the book has some quite ugly transitions and time jumps in the story. These transitions have thrown me out of the book on multiple occasions. But ignoring this, the story was quite immersive for me, and I liked its pacing.


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