Breakers needs a special kind of suspense of logic, but overall, the story is a fantastically woven tale of the fall of man and what comes for man once he has fallen.
The opening description of the story reads,
“In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter.
When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn’t the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA, where Vanessa had planned to move when she left him. He expects to die along the way.”
When I picked up Breakers, I did not know what I was in for. It came as a recommendation and I snagged it.
To be honest, the opening sections were written so well that they defined some seriously down and out people and if you think you have it bad, reading about the primary characters will make you feel a ton better about your own situation. To be honest, they depressed me so much, I wasn’t sure if I could carry on.
But the story evolved and to see a disease wipe out humanity from the perspective of some down and out normal folk was an interesting perspective. A perspective from characters who had no clue what was happening around them until they looked up from their own lives or ran into a situation that smacked them upside the heads.
But as they suddenly realize they’re knee deep in some s*t, more things happen, then more, and as the story develops and in the second act of the story, even more s*t happens that makes the entire wave of death seem to make sense.
The underlying story, I think, is wonderfully gripping and engaging. I wish there was about 99% more narrative and less character dialog. A LOT LESS dialog.
And obviously this is something from my end of the bookshelf, because according to the author’s spin on Amazon, “His books have sold over 500,000 copies, twice hit the USA Today bestseller lists, been nominated for an Audie for best audio book, and have stuck in Audible’s top 100 for over six months” And the book is rated at a 4.2/5 by over 1,000 customers.
The reason I say that I wish there was more narrative is because almost all his characters seemed to originate from the planet sarcastic, with a side of snark. In many of the conversations between characters, it was hard for me to make sense of who was who at times because they all had the same sardonic sense of nasty, sarcasm in their tone and replies.
Don’t get me wrong, I can be a real ass with my sarcasm at the best or worse of times. It’s a skill, really. But as the story went on, I almost put the book down at the halfway point because of this mold of sarcastic humor that the author liked demonstrating in the story, from pretty much all his characters.
And it got old.
But I wanted to see where the narrative went. The narrative itself was that good, to get me past the premise of putting the book down. So to speak. (It was really a Kindle app, so down would really mean closed, deleted, forgotten, phone turned off.) So I powered through the rest of the book at an alarming rate of Evelyn Wood Speed Reading mode to see where Ed was taking this story.
Aside from some curious leaps of logic or faith, where characters had all the right talent or luck to pull things off, the story was a fun rendition of this theme of horror and survival.
Now obviously I’ve left some things out that I think would spoil things, but the books’ sales page gives away what I’m not saying.
Either way, if you like sarcastic characters in sh**y situations, in a well written narrative, you’ll love this book.