Apparently this book has even been discussed in the Pentagon.
Bear with me, ok? Bc my mind is buzzing with ideas right now.
The story is about an EMP attack.
Book touches on themes that I've often wondered about, especially having grown up in a 3rd world country.
I can't help but noticing how Americans born and raised here take so much for granted.
Here it goes:
1- the fragility of our high tech society.
Think about it.
Nothing is really concrete anymore.
Everything is just chips, wifi - with a disguise of concrete to add familiarity and make us think we are still in charge.
Think about the cars we drive. They're all controlled by computers. You can barely turn the wheels without the steering electronic assistance.
Heard of the elderly man who died stuck in his car bc a computer malfunction locked the doors? Creepy.
We've gone electronic on virtually everything.
2-how we have been so far removed from deadly diseases - eradicated in the US but not eradicated in the rest of the world. We don't even inoculate against some of them anymore. Really? Sounds dumb.
3-our world is artificially death- and pain-free, our lives are artificially longer and healthier.
We are sheltered from death and pain in every possible way.
So many people live happy long lives with illnesses that not long ago were nothing but a short death sentence.
We prolong their lives through a number of devices and medications.
Just that all these devices are all dependent on this fragile high tech system we live in.
It could be gone in a second. (No I wasn't trying to link back to the name of the book).
Diabetes for instance. I never knew diabetes could kill. In my world it's always been treatable. Asthma as well. And I don't think I'd be wanting to have any babies with everything that can go wrong during delivery.
Think about epipens. Your kid's allergic? How many do you keep in the house? Could you get them again if every computer chip in the US was fried?
4-the amount of skills we have lost. Skills humanity took over 2 millennia to learn and accumulate. We've simply lost them all in less than 150 years. Why? Bc our high tech, chip-based, electronically-ran society doesn't need it anymore.
This book mentions all these things. I was like "thank you! Why has no one else thought about that?"
Then do some war gaming together with your family.
I don't want to become one of those crazy peppers, but i want to have an emergency plan.
Most of all you want to keep your family safe.
What if you and your spouse are at work? How will you two get home?
Do you keep get-home bags in our cars? With printed google maps walking directions? With comfy sneakers to replace high heels?
Your kids in school? They should know how you will find them.
Food... For the winter especially. Canning. Heirloom seeds. Spices. Salt.
Books - paper copies.
Photographs - printed ones!!! Especially of the kids - recent ones.
Communications. HAM radio protected in some type of faraday cage could still work.
I'm running out of ideas.
But if you're reading this and you don't think I'm a wacko, go ahead and throw some ideas my way.