Review – EDGE OF MADNESS by Kyla Stone

This is the second book in the Edge of Collapse series. The first volume focused on a woman named Hannah and her escape from her longtime captor after an EMP hit and took down the electronic locks that were keeping her imprisoned in a cabin basement. There’s a lot more going on in that book, but that’s sufficient for our purposes here.

In this book, the narrative focus shifts to Hannah’s husband, Noah Sheridan, and their son Milo. It covers roughly the same time period as the first book, from just prior to the EMP and extending for about a week or so. I’m telling you right now, the author really knows how to create tension. It has been a while since a book kept me on the edge of my seat like this did.

Noah is a small-town police officer and he and his fellow officers, as well as other officials, have to make sense of what happened and work hard to prevent chaos from taking over the town. These efforts are hampered by a local contingent of ne’er-do-wells who want to take advantage of the crisis. Along the way, we also meet Quinn, a young woman who quickly became my favorite character so far in the series.

I really liked some of the scenes detailing how the town’s leaders were planning to handle the emergency, as this is something rarely addressed in post-apocalyptic fiction. The existence of a part of town that still has power, heat, and other conveniences due to solar panels and what not seemed a little too convenient. But, Kyla’s such a good writer, I’m willing to suspend that particular disbelief.

I was surprised that this book didn’t have any scenes at all with Hannah. But, Kyla mentions that trying to bounce back and forth between Hannah and Noah wasn’t working and I can easily understand that, having now read both books.

I have Book 3, EDGE OF DARKNESS, on the way now and can’t wait to see where the story leads.


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