The Pulse by Shoshanna Evers buy links
The Pulse would be categorized as post-apocalyptic dystopian. It seems to take in present time. The characters believe, and the reader from the information available to us, that a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse device has knocked out all everything in the United States, including modern vehicles, radios, electricity, etc. Although, so far in the series, the characters have not made it out of New York state, so we really have no idea what condition the rest of the country and world are in.
Marshall law is in effect, which, in some situations, gives full power to the wrong leaders. The power is abused. The ones in charge have all the power and prey on the weaker, especially the single women who have to prostitute in order to eat and survive.
Mason is great at living on his own and making his own way. He knows if he goes to live with the group he will be executed without question if they find out who he is. There is a shoot on sight order in effect for all convicts. Also, he naturally prefers to be a loner.
Emily was a nurse before the pulse. She tried living on her own, but couldn't make it. She gets caught by the ones in charge and taken to the New York FEMA center headed by a cruel leader. Being a single woman, she is taken to the Tracks, a place where single women are used as whores by the soldiers. Emily finds something being kept secret that changes everything so she makes a run for it.
Mason and Emily cross paths and try to make a go of it together. She's a nurse so she has a very in demand service during a time when medical aide is almost nonexistent. He is a big, able, self-sufficient man with a good moral compass which is a must for a woman to make it in the current world.
I read most of this book in one setting. I like how the author tried to tell it realistically. The extents they must go, the filth, what is available for food, etc. I also like how the story was still able to be sexy despite all of the above mentioned. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.
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***ARC was given from author thru Netgalley for an honest review***