All fairytales, and most nightmares begin 'Once upon a time'.
The really good one's don't end 'and they lived happily ever after'. This one I'm pleased to say doesn't.
It would have been easy to set events during the purge itself. Destroy some stuff, kill some people, plot twist, and lo and behold our hero survives.
It shouldn't be a suprise that Shaun Allan take's you on a journey beyond the single day of violence to find out what became of justice and retribution in a world that would so easily abandon them. The first person view point he does so well really puts you there on the spot, and forces you to consider what would you have done? To purge or not to...hmm.
This is one of those story's that pulls me in opposite directions. on one hand I find comfort in knowing that I have had a good and exciting read. But on the other I find that no matter how much I try to use my TV taught CSI skills to figure out the end Shaun Allan delights in showing me that I'm not as clever as I sometimes think I am. Something my wife usually likes to do. Shaun Allan beats you to the twist once again.
Mr Composure does not end with that happily ever after stuff, but it ends all the same. Why? What does purge 'Jerry' (for want of a better name) get for his next birthday Mr Allan?
If you haven't read this yet please go to your bathroom, close the medicine cabinet door and look at yourself and ask 'Why the hell not?'