I received review copies of 299 Days: The Preparation and 299 Days: The Collapse by Glen Tate, and now making progress on my fall reading list. These are the first two installments of a book series about the challenges and struggles of Grant Mason, a suburban dweller who awakens to the need to become prepared for the difficulties ahead.
The story’s premise of a gradual collapse of the country’s economy due to overspending by all branches of the government is plausible and a bit “too close for comfort.” You can imagine something list this unfolding before your eyes, and therefore it is easy to put yourself in the main character’s shoes. Any person who has felt the need to prepare will also be able to relate to his challenges of trying to convince his family to prepare. How do you deal with someone who is in denial, even as you see your worse fears coming true? This is a struggle that would resonate with many readers. I don’t want to give too much of the story away so am trying to refrain from revealing too much detail in this review.
I enjoyed the pace of the story which is engaging and entertaining enough to make the reader want to continue. The writing style can be a bit choppy at times, and some of the political generalizations may be something you’d have to overlook depending on your inclinations. Not a major flaw, just an observation: the second book, The Collapse seemed a bit short, compared to the first book, and could have been easily combined with the first book.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and would continue to read the subsequent books. I look forward to reading the entire series, as well as additional works by Glen Tate.