They escaped Pittsburgh before it became a war zone and are adjusting to life without electricity. Between their survival skills and bartering at Old Bill's Trading Post, they should be ready to wait out the winter. Not everyone else in the community is ready, though. While the Slippery Rock Militia scrambles to gather enough food and supplies to keep their people alive throughout the winter, others plan to take what they need at any cost. When desperation sets in, will the community choose teamwork or greed?
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About the Author
Jennifer has had a passion for writing and reading ever since her grandfather took her as a young girl to the local Bookmobile and made her get a library card. She wrote her first novel-length book at age 11 and continued to write poetry as well as both short and novel-length stories throughout the rest of her adolescent and adult life. Jennifer has also always loved the outdoors, and she has spent the past several years learning how to grow and preserve her own food as well as live off the land. Facing the Storm is her second published work and combines her appreciation of writing and nature. She lives with her husband, a fluffy cat, and an adorable dog outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very good book. The story is based on the fact that a massive super-storm hits the eastern half of the United States and destroys the infrastructure including all power. The characters in the storm are very likeable and easy to follow. Having grown up in the back-woods myself, this is exactly how a person or group of persons would have to behave in order to survive. I really enjoyed the story and the detail. I rate this book highly and look forward to more books in the series.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Facing the Storm - The Storm Series Book 2 by Jennifer Brooks is the story of the families that left Pittsburgh behind in order to stay alive and wait out the power outage, looking for a way out of this predicament. The four lucky families who were living together to survive were very lucky indeed when they found a place to stay. Now they are trying to adjust to life without electricity and trying to stay strong enough to survive the harsh winter safely. These four families are prepared for winter, but what about the rest of the community? The rest of the people are struggling with this new life and many of them are not ready for winter. Some people are doing whatever they can to gather the necessities for their families so that they can soldier through the winter, but there are some people who will do anything to survive. There is a hunger and desperation to live through these hard times, but this is also the time when you get to see the true nature of the people around you. What will happen now when some have a lot while the others don’t even have enough? Facing the Storm is a very deep and very well-constructed novel. Jennifer Brooks showed the true nature of what happens when people are desperate enough. Since people were living in an environment where there was no nobility, they lost the essence of their humanity and became just as barbaric as the people in our history. Brooks showed the barbaric nature of people and how desperate they become to do whatever they can to survive. It was a very intense novel, yet at the same time it was very interesting. Really entertaining, plus I love the cover.
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Facing the Storm by Jennifer Brooks is the second book in The Storm Series. It has been 78 days since the Blackout. Ration cards have been implemented, the New White House is now located in Portland. Gangs have taken over many areas; many people are fleeing and seeking refuge from the aftermath of Super Storm Nicole. Remnants of what was, now torn and tattered, create a battered and scattered society. The entire country is at a loss. The majority of people are in survival mode, hoping to outlast winter. Nestled in the woods near Slippery Rock, PA, a small group of residents is living in a cabin. Among their group are a chef, and a much needed doctor. Learning to live in close quarters, they share responsibilities and celebrate small victories. The cabin dwellers are a part of the local community which has formed a militia for protection and a bartering system of goods and service with other local residents. However, as winter approaches, fear raises up its ugly head. One man voices reason, another man creates strife. As they prepare to endure the storm ahead of them, will the citizens remain united and work together, or will the overwhelming need to survive cause them turn on each other? Only time will tell. Jennifer Brooks’ Facing the Storm reveals the heart of a disemboweled society. When all has been lost, what will one do to survive? Impending bad weather sets the tone; the feeling of living on borrowed time prevails. Survival breeds mistrust and self reliance. The novel has an extensive cast of characters; personal stories of survival from all the Blackout Zones overlap one another. But the core of the narrative focuses on those living in Pennsylvania. The conflict is layered; each character endures their own personal dilemma, while enduring the effects of the storm and battling the will of mankind. The barbaric versus the civilized method to survive shapes the plot. Brooks masterfully portrays the desire for socialization, “human interaction,” against the need to take care of me and mine. Every page reflects the intentions of the heart of humanity - to give or take, to rise above circumstances or surrender, to protect or destroy, to embrace or turn away, to seek out good or be overcome by evil. Rebuilding a new civilization is no easy task when “Facing the Storm.”
Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite For the Americans in Facing the Storm, a dystopian fiction novel by Jennifer Brooks and the second offering in The Storm Series, Superstorm Nicole changed everything. Then the Blackout happened. A man with a family living in a cabin in one of the Blackout zones, Harry, like everyone else who lives there, has to make sure that they have enough food and other means to survive the coming winter. A new American dollar is slowly making its return, so it will be a while before the country gets back to normal. There is a distribution center that Harry's community implements a trade agreement with that is mutually beneficial, but one man and his own selfish desire to be in charge of the center threatens to destroy it all. I liked being escorted through the condition America was in at the very beginning. The American Radio Relay League takes up full chapters every now and then to keep readers informed of the progress the powers that be are making. The author offers short and interesting interludes from the main storyline in the form of shorter stories which feature different characters. Taylor, Harry's daughter, has something going on with a character named Bobby that I couldn't help but admire. Bobby is a man with a good soul in a world where survival sometimes trumps the right thing. Filling this second book in The Storm Series up with extensive backstories for different characters, Jennifer Brooks builds to one super showdown at the end. Any doomsday prepper out there will love it.
Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite What would happen if the world as we know it ceased to exist? What if the world were to end, not with a nuclear strike, but with one storm that was able to knock out power lines and flood entire states? That’s what’s happened to the world in Facing the Storm by Jennifer Brooks. Everyone is just trying to survive in a world where electricity has been off for months, and lawlessness is taking over the country. For everyone at The Cabin and everyone in the town nearby, it’s been a hard few months, and with winter approaching, no one is sure what might happen next. But will a group of newcomers with knowledge of a nearby food distribution center be a help or do they have something else up their sleeves? The characters in this book are all just what you would expect. When the world ends, no one knows what they will do. Facing the Storm by Jennifer Brooks is full of characters who represent the best and the worst of all of us. You’ll definitely find someone that you can relate to and you’ll be left turning the pages and trying to figure out just what is going to happen next. It was an interesting book and I will be looking for the next one to find out what’s going to happen to everyone, from Taylor and the rest of the cabin members to Clint and everyone at the distribution center. There’s no way to tell what they all might encounter if the blackout continues.