My newest Doomer Fiction book review will center today on the novel “The Perseid Collapse” by Steven Konkoly (Kindle edition). I must say that reading this novel felt a bit like a homecoming to me. As some of you might remember, I previously reviewed this author’s work in “The Jakarta Pandemic,”which turned out to be one of the best novels I’ve read since I decided to dive headfirst into the genre and do these reviews for Backwoods Survival Blog. I must say that I truly enjoy reading Steven Konkoly. His characters are relatable and he writes his fiction in short, fast-paced chapters that seem to make the story fly by – and the stories themselves are very engrossing.
This new series of novels, as it turns out, are actually sequels to “The Jakarta Pandemic” that I enjoyed so much. Time has jumped ahead for these characters by six years to 2019. Tensions still run high as a result of the devastating pandemic having rocked society to the tune of 28 million deaths only those few years before. Trust in the government is at an all-time low, and the militia movement is seeing a definite resurgence. The Fletcher family’s son Ryan from the earlier book is now a college-aged young man away at school, and his father Alex’s quest to reach him and bring him home from Boston University forms the backbone of this first novel in the trilogy.
Unlike the influenza pandemic that served as the disaster after which things began to unravel in the earlier novel, this one begins with what is believed to be the strike of an errant asteroid in the Atlantic somewhere off the coast of New England during the Perseid meteor shower (hence the title), including heat damage from atmospheric friction and the supposed detonation as well as a tsunami that rolls over the coastal areas, killing and displacing large numbers of the population. Oddly, there is also an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) effect, which only heightens the distrust toward the government among dangerous militia elements who believe the entire thing to have been a “False Flag” operation involving a low-yield nuclear warhead. It seems, regardless of the cause, that the Fletcher family and those neighbors they are closest to after the pandemic have thought ahead this time and have a bug-out location to which they intend to flock, namely a 20 acre isolated farmstead on a lake somewhere in southern Maine that is owned by the main character and where his parents live full-time.
But their son and the daughter of one of the neighbor families are stuck in downtown Boston, an area rumored to have been hit hard by the disaster as well as one that Alex Fletcher knows all too well is likely to boil over into a death trap, just like every other major city. As a result, this novel mostly revolves around two groups: Alex, along with two of his neighbors (including the young lady’s father) must make their way to Boston to retrieve the kids, and the road gets more and more dangerous with every passing moment; meanwhile, his wife must oversee the evacuation of the remaining members of the three families to the isolated bug-out location. It isn’t a long journey. In fact, the plan is to get everyone there on bicycles. And the thought is that it doesn’t represent a very dangerous trip either, which is why all three of the fathers see fit to separate themselves from their families, but needless to say things don’t always go as planned.
I would definitely check this novel out, if I were you. I devoured it in only two or three sittings, leaving me eager to begin the second installment. You would be very hard-pressed to find a better value for your entertainment dollar than this series. I am definitely a fan.