Saturday, March 24, 2018
The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick
I spent the first several chapters trying to remember the name of the TV show that was on a few years ago where all the power went out and people had to survive so it was distracting to think about which story came first and who was being copied. (The TV show came first.) Once I dealt with that distraction, I just wasn't caught up by this story at all. It should've been an exciting, thoughtful examination of our dependency on power and how humans react to crises. Instead, the excitement never came. There were lots of events that kept the story moving, but they were presented in such a matter of fact, non-exciting way that I was never very invested. Even the bad Bragg family wasn't fleshed out much other than that they were racists and survivalists. A few in the town sided with them but the majority didn't. Yet they also didn't do anything to help out the police officer who was willing to take a bullet for them. And then the ending was SO convenient that the aftermath of the old west-style showdown was never followed up on. Bland throughout.