“Outage” by Ellisa Barr: Book Review

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Outage by Ellisa BarrAs you turn the opening pages of Outage, the parents of 15 year old Dee, our self-absorbed and somewhat reluctant teenage heroine from the city, are leaving her with her grandfather. He runs a veterinary service on a small farm near the town of Lookout Falls in Washington State.

After Dee’s mom and dad depart for a vacation cruise to Alaska, she is hit with the realization that there is no cell phone or internet service, let alone a mall or nearby shopping center to hang out at, meet boys and socialize. This is completely untenable and unacceptable to her. Dee is determined to run at the earliest opportunity, by any means possible.

This beginning sets the stage for what turns into an action-packed, non-stop apocalyptic novel for young adults. First time author Ellisa Barr created an exciting story centered on an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event which grips the nation, Dee’s family, and her newly made friends.

While interviewing Ms. Barr for this book review, she shared with me a bit of her personal history and experiences growing up in a small town in rural Idaho. It quickly became apparent that Barr pulled from her life experiences, faith, and wonderful imagination to create highly engaging prose and dialog that draws readers into the story and the main character’s life. Dee’s trials and triumphs unfold as the post EMP world churns.

I felt like I was right in the midst of events as Dee soon finds her high tech world of texting, tweeting, and Facebook gone, replaced by her struggle to keep the family farm going with her ailing grandfather. A rapidly maturing Dee helps family, friends and neighbors as they band together to survive and create community not experienced in the United States since the 1800’s, and deal with a ruthless local sheriff.

This 233 page book has all the hallmarks of an engaging Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mystery set to a modern day apocalyptic theme. There is action, adventure and even a bit of romance to entice the reader as you delve into the pages of this entertaining work.

I unintentionally read late into the night engrossed in Outage, book one of the Powerless Nation series. And I will happily burn the midnight oil reading Ms. Barr’s upcoming tome, Voyage, book two in the series.

I highly recommend Outage to anyone interested in an engaging and fast-paced apocalyptic read. It’s great!

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Robert Camp

Robert Camp turned his love of the outdoors into over 35 years of professional guiding and outdoor leadership. He has helped develop programs, lead trips, and taught for juvenile diversion programs, the U.S. military, The Sierra Club and many others.

3 thoughts on ““Outage” by Ellisa Barr: Book Review”

  1. I watched the movie Tomorrow When the War Began not too long ago. good movie. very Red Dawn ‘ish’
    Outage sounds like a must check it out book

  2. Omg this book…I loved it, it really made me think AND more importantly it’s a good book to steer friends to who have never before tried to understand why you should prepare for bad times as well as good. I read in to the night w/ this book 2…all the way up until a certain horrific scene that leaves the main character puking in a ditch(don’t want to give too much away), omg the nightmares I had that night lol;) I thought the book was sugar coating certain aspects until I got to that point & realized that nothing was sugar coated, it just hadn’t came up yet. Great book, fast read, perfect fall weekend book!:)

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