Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: January 15, 2013
Series: #1 (Collapse Series)
Length: 332 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)
“What would you do if the world as you know it ended in an instant?
How far would you go to survive?
Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: a little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she’s forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father.
Yeah. Things suck.
But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might find her dad without getting into serious trouble.
Emphasis on might.
Oh. And there’s the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that’s quickly turned into an active war zone.
It’s going to change Cassidy’s life.
It’s going to be a major pain in the butt.”
This book is fantastic. You’re already hooked on from the first chapter. State of Emergency started with a BAM! What would you do if you were driving, then suddenly all the technology shuts off? What would you do if you saw airplanes falling from the sky? This book was such a page turner. The characters were engaging, the plot was very original, and it wasn’t your ‘typical’ dystopian read. This book is told from Cassidy’s point of view, a 19 year old and her goal in this book is to meet her dad in a cabin which is their “meet up” place if something bad (like the end of the world ehem) happens.
I really liked the characters. Cassidy and Chris (a 29 year old former soldier she runs into) were really kick ass. I love how they didn’t give up no matter how hard the situation was. Imagine traveling from a city, let’s say Los Angeles, to a freaking cabin that’s in the mountains with no car! Well, they used a car 40% of the trip, but still. That’s A LOT of walking! And they were traveling during WINTER with limited amount of food and water. I also like how the characters weren’t whiny despite their situation. They were also very witty which made me love them more!
I seriously recommend this book to everyone and to those who aren’t a big fan of dystopians looking for a top notch dystopian read because you’ll LOVE it! It is fast paced, has lots of action, plot twist, and a cute NO INSTA-LOVE romance! The only thing that made me like “blegh” a little bit was how Chris calls Cassidy “kid” but he has feelings for her. Umm, can’t he call her another pet name? That sort of bothered me. Overall I enjoyed reading State of Emergency and I’m looking forward into reading the next book.