One Second After is the first book in a trilogy by William Forstchen, but the novel itself stands alone.
The story follows John Matherson (a retired Colonel and History Professor) in the wake of an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) attack upon the United States. The damage that ensues due to this type of attack illustrates our dependency upon infrastructure that most of us take for granted. The novel itself is broken into chapters in which a block of time has elapsed in order to provide the reader a frame of reference in order to fully understand how quickly civilization can break down.
Even though the novel itself is fiction, the events that transpire are indeed eye-opening. If all of the electronic equipment that we relied upon were suddenly removed from our daily lives, how prepared are we to continue on? The author outlines some aspects of life that had never even crossed my mind before. I found myself saddened by some of the things that John had to endure due his community going dark.
If this novel has done one thing, it’s made me want to work towards becoming more self-reliant. With the threat of nuclear action by North Korea occurring on nearly a daily basis, we should all take steps to preparing for a doomsday scenario.