Book Review: Collapse by Richard Stephenson

As you may have guessed, I have almost no time at all to just sit down and read a book. I have a huge stack of non-fiction, survival related books, and they’re sitting right where I put them. I scarcely have time to take a shower and make myself presentable each day, much less wile away the hours with my nose in a book.

This is why it’s such a delight to happen upon a book, purely by chance, that grabs my attention from the first page and keeps me entertained through the last. Collapse by Richard Stephenson is that type of book. Incredibly, Richard never had big dreams of becoming a novelist andCollapse is his first book, based on his musings of what it would take for America to collapse. It isn’t a cheery book, but it’s gritty, realistic, and definitely held my attention.

For someone with ADD, that says a lot! As the book opens, America has been hit with a second Great Depression that has devastated the economy, a killer hurricane that has reduced Florida to third world status, and a vicious, ongoing war with the Empire of Iran. America is crippled and the President faces enemies within his own administration. Collapse introduces us to three main characters. First is Howard Beck: billionaire, genius, close friend to the current President, and affected by Asperger’s Syndrome. Richard was smart to introduce this character first because everything about Howard is, well, really eccentric, and I kept turning page after page, just to learn more about this guy!

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