Realistic and Raw
4.5 out of 5 stars
What would happen if the United State’s supply of oil was depleted? Completely gone (or almost gone)? How would everyone around the world react to this happening (if they even realized what happened)? Slashed (and the entire Oil Apocalypse series) deals with this and tells the story of a set of rural neighbors and their fight to survive.
I called this book realistic and raw and I want to describe both of those a little here. It was realistic to the tune of “this could happen”. It’s one of the more realistic societal breakdowns and apocalyptic events that I am actually nervous about. I called it raw because I think for the sake of time the world turned a little fast and the “reactions” and actions among some of the people inside and outside of the group felt a little, for the lack of a better word, raw. Now, that doesn’t take away from the story in my opinion. Sure, some of the actions and reactions were incredibly predictable (especially if you read as much apocalyptic fiction as I do) but in a genre I’m familiar with — Slashed still held its own.
One of the biggest reasons that Slashed held its own is the characters and what they brought to the table. They were all preppers (more homesteaders because of where they lived) and some of them were the “crazy” and over the top preppers who were almost begging for something to go wrong. And then there were the holdouts (predictably called names by the first one I described). Slashed told the story of the crossroads of those two groups with a keeps to himself almost-hermit and a well educated but older retired couple. The dichotomy of the different families and the way that they interacted made a really nice story with lots to take away.
Another big bonus that this story had was that it involved two teenagers (16 and 17 if I remember correctly) and (slight spoiler ahead) View Spoiler » they didn’t fall in love! They weren’t perfectly meant for each other and live happily ever after in the first 150 pages. That could change in subsequent books, but I’m so happy it wasn’t forced in this one. « Hide Spoiler
I was getting towards the end of the first book and I wasn’t sure how much of an ending it was going to get, but I was happy that it ended the way that it did. Open enough that you want to read more books in the series but enough closure that you don’t feel like the author stopped mid-thought to make a new book.
The narration for Slashed was done by Cody Roberts. Another narrator I’ve never listened to before that I found myself really enjoying. He gave each person a distinct voice that you knew who was talking without needing to be told and his female voices (a real struggle for male narrators) weren’t forced, so they sounded good and non-distracting.
My final thoughts were that I really did like the book and I hope that the series is as enjoyable as this book was. It combines elements of almost every genre I liked and put them into a blender. I’ve never heard of Cadle before this book (I did feature it in my “please make an audiobook a couple months back”. Upon looking at his other titles I did find that there are some “CliFi” titles that I would love to be released on audio… hint hint Tantor :).
Slashed by Lou Cadle
Narrator: Cody Roberts
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Series: Oil Apocalypse #1
Published by Tantor Audio on December 19th 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Prepper
It's the end of oil. We knew it was coming one day. But it happened so fast!
Devlin Quinn turns 16 the same week that a battle in a distant war shuts off the flow of imported petroleum to the US.
Gas runs low, then runs out, and soon the highways are empty.
And then it gets very serious. The grocery store shelves are empty, and people become desperate for food.
Dev is trained to fight-his father made sure of that-but is he trained enough? Smart enough? Tough enough? He is about to find out when people desperate for food flee the burning cities and attack....
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Lou Cadle has spent a year working in paleontology, collecting and cleaning fossils from Cenozoic and Paleozoic sites.
Cadle grew up in Tornado Alley near the New Madrid fault, was in San Francisco’s 1989 earthquake, watched minor eruptions of Mt. St. Helens from close up, and hiked several times over Kilauea’s active lava flows. Cadle currently lives in haboob country.