Lots of Potential, But Never Lives Up To It
2 out of 5 stars
I read a lot of books about the end of the world. So when I see one that catches my attention both in artwork and description – I usually jump on it. I knew this wasn’t going to be your typical post-apocalyptic or even prepper-style book – but it was a “Pre-Apocalyptic” book that I also usually enjoy. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the hype that I thought it would. Normally, I have no issue with a book that’s 4 hours. I know that a good story does not need to be long. But it felt like Christiensen cut corners a lot to get to the end of the story. And the end was… just kind of there. It didn’t give any good closure or even satisfaction that something did or did not happen.
The story itself bounced around a lot and I can’t tell if it was done to confuse the reader or to make the story feel more full – but it bounced from a couple different groups of people trying to survive to a (seemingly billionaire?) guy who wanted to do more than the government had.
There were some parts of Impact that just bugged me for numerous reasons. One of them was that it felt like Christiensen pulled from numerous sources and basically copied them. One of them was a “we’re all together and someone falls… I’m going to cut him free so that I don’t die) – sure in The Day After Tomorrow – the guy who fell cuts his own line to not kill everyone else – but this scene was almost a “shot for shot” copy of that. Another issue I had was everything was just too easy. People of Earth knew that the world could/would end in a year or two and didn’t riot, kill, pillage, etc. They didn’t do anything. People didn’t stop working. I know I read a lot of books where everything hits the fan and everyone goes crazy the second the lights go out – but this just felt insanely unrealistic – even for a fictional book.
But, the narration by Davies and the length of this book were it’s two saving graces. It really wasn’t a long book to read and I didn’t hate. Sure, I didn’t really enjoy it from cover to cover but it was over before I realized. Davies narration was good and kept the story flowing even through scenes with people that had too similar of a name (similar to “Bob said this to Rob”, “Rob replied” – if you’re not paying attention it would throw you completely off).
Impact by Andreas Christensen
Narrator: Stephen Bel Davies
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on March 20th 2018
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
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In 2072 an object from outer space was discovered that threatened human civilization. A race against time began, and in 2080 the starship Exodus left Earth orbit, saving a small piece of humanity.
This is the story of those left behind.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.