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Gripping, tense, thoroughly enjoyable
on 6 April 2015
Knowing very little about this story, I began reading it on a short flight back to the UK recently ... perhaps not the best time or place to really get into it properly without feeling more than a little spooked. However, as soon as the 2 main characters, (brothers), landed at JFK and events began to rapidly unfold, the book became a real page turner and I struggled to put it down. Even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it! And it's not like this is my first post-apocalyptic story either. I've read quite a few now. At first, the story had echoes of Stephen King's 'Cell' and the 'pulse' that turned ordinary people into blood thirsty maniacs, (and to a lesser extent, the movie called 'The Happening'), but whereas 'Cell' rambled a little in places, 'First Activation' was tense, well thought out and the objectives were clear.
Although the main characters are brothers, they are both very different. Harry is more of a thinker, giving a considered and measured response to the situation on the ground in New York, while Jack is more impulsive and for that reason, slightly more dangerous. Bound for New York on a flight from Manchester that has suffered communication problems with air traffic control, Harry, Jack and the rest of the passengers on the plane find JFK strewn with corpses and nobody knows why. Being ex-British Army, Jack and Harry are selected to investigate and they take 2 other passengers with them to the airport terminal building in search of answers, rescue and food. I won't spoil the rest of the book as it's well worth a read. Suffice to say that it's gripping, fast paced and very enjoyable. It is true that some of the lesser characters are a little under-developed and they could perhaps do with a bit more depth. It is also true that some of Jack and Harry's plans for their continued survival seem somewhat naive and basic, but they're doing the best they can under the circumstances, especially once they realise that time is running out and a second post-apocalyptic event is nigh. I've just pre-ordered 'Second Activation' and I can't wait!