How I Became a Teenage Survivalist

 
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How I Became a Teenage Survivalist
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Release Date
April 07, 2013
ISBN
B00CWNS7RQ
Bracken is a typical teenage boy, more interested in the angles of the girl's exposed back teasing him from the seat ahead of him than in anything the geometry teacher could present. His life is filled with school, video games, and thoughts of girls, not necessarily in that order. Life just flows along uneventfully and unacknowledged, like the electricity that courses through the power lines — until PF (Power Failure) Day. On PF Day, the sun strikes Bracken's world with an unseen surge of electromagnetic fury, which cripples power stations and burns transformers to crispy nuggets of regret.

No one in Bracken's world had ever thought about how much they depended on electrical power, but now, without it, they are plunged into survival mode. Without electricity there is no communication, no modern conveniences, and soon, no modern means of transportation, as the reserves of refined gasoline run dry. Worse still is the failure of the water and sewer systems, the impossibility of getting food and supplies to people living in cities, and the deaths of millions of people from starvation, disease, and lack of medical care.

Bracken soon realizes how lucky he is to live on a farm in the Midwest. What seemed like a dull and backwards life before is now the greatest chance for survival in what seems like a powerless world. Food, water, and heat are readily available, although hard work is required to make use of them. Bracken and his family must learn to survive like their ancestors, who settled their land.

Told in the first person, Bracken tells the story of how they not only survive, but how PF Day actually makes their lives better and more satisfying.

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I grew up on a farm in the middle of the country surrounded by rice fields and cattle pastures. Living off the land has always just been a way of life to me. I’m always surprised when I see people from, like Portland or San Francisco, who have just discovered growing gardens for food, like it was their idea or something. Nope, it’s been around forever. We’ve just become so spoiled to grocery stores and supermarkets.

I love the open space of the country. It’s real freedom.

Anyways, this book was a breath of fresh air. I hate to think about any of this actually happening, but the hard reality is that it probably could.
It felt like an episode of Doomsday Preppers, except not so extreme and a lot more rational. (Let’s face it; some of those people are damn fools.) I hope that my family could live a somewhat normal life if something like this were to happen.

I liked stepping into Bracken’s mind. He was very blunt about everything, and I definitely didn’t have to imagine as to what he was thinking about. I loved his family. So sweet!
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