The appeal of this novel is that it could be a reality very soon. A solar storm is a natural phenomena that has happened before, and may happen again. Scary stuff.
The book opens with a very lengthy section about the science behind it all, which, while very interesting, is far too long and interest wanes after bit. Then we are introduced to the stereotyped and unlikable characters who serve to show the responses to the imminent disaster. The hard-done to woman with a moody teenager (the son of her feckless ex) and her overwhelmingly rich brother. The contrast is as polar as it could be.
There is far too much exposition in this story that focuses on the dysfunctional family rather than the dystopian society itself. Oddly feels as if it is a disaster film rather than a thriller novel. And a film I have seen many times before.
The premise is a gripping one. The rest of the book, not so much.
Published by HQ on 7 June 2022.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.