Dies the Fire – Book Review

I saw this post a few days ago and chuckled.  The guy was pondering what it would be like if we lost all modern convenience.  Why did I find that amusing?  Not too long ago I finished reading “Dies the Fire” by S.M. Stirling.

Dies the Fire: A Novel of the ChangeDies the Fire is the first installment of the Emberverse series and chronicles the struggle of humanity to survive in the first decade following “The Change”, a sudden worldwide event that alters physical laws so that electricity, gunpowder and most forms of high-energy-density technology no longer work. As a result, modern civilization comes crashing down.

First let me say, this was an extremely enjoyable read.  The concept Stirling goes for with this is to ask the question, and show his version of the result, of what a modern person would do without technology.  His answer is frighteningly real.  It did bother me a bit though that no real answer or reference was made to what the “change” was or could be.  The book also ended with the feeling that there were a good 3 chapters left out.  I had borrowed the book from ThatEdeGuy, so when I expressed my concerns to him, he did let me know that there was indeed 2 more books following it.

I have now started “Protectors War,” the sequel to the first book.  There is also apparently a parallel series that follows the same world events.  I highly recommend the book, yet caution fellow readers to be dissatisfied with the ending if you don’t have the sequel in hand to continue the story.

The Protector's War: A Novel of the Change (Protector)

SF Reviews has a good in depth review of the book as well.

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I live in Jamestown, ND where I work for UTC Aerospace Systems, working on my masters degree, a firefighter with the Jamestown Rural Fire Dept, and keep rather busy.
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