Review - Survive the Aftermath by Grace Hamilton

Survive the Aftermath by Grace Hamilton
Narrated by Maxwell Zener
Series: Small Town EMP #2
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Publication Date: September 18, 2019
Date Read: October 30, 2019
Length: 9 hours 43 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
The New World Order is at hand.

Civilization has crumbled since the EMP thrust humanity back into the Stone Age, and dangerous factions now scavenge for scarce resources in this terrifying new world.

Austin Merryman wonders what the future holds for his teenage daughter, and if the madness surrounding them is even worth surviving. For now, the group is safe in his brother’s prepper house nestled in the Rockies. But the calm can’t last forever. With 16 people crammed together in the tiny mountain home, tensions are bound to erupt. It doesn’t help that his brother’s lazy friend gets twisted pleasure from stirring up animosity, pitting brother against brother and daughter against father as battle lines are drawn.

But decisions about who stays and who goes are ripped from their hands as information on the USB drive lays bare pieces of the NWO’s plans. Austin realizes the horrifying truth of why he’s in their sights, as well as the danger he’s brought down on those he loves most. When tragedy again strikes the small group, it will be up to Austin to make the hard choices necessary to ensure their survival.

Until a dying man utters the single word that changes everything....

This novel contains violence and scenes with referenced substance abuse.
My Review

I had a good time with this book.  After listening to the first book in the series, I was pretty eager to see what would happen next to Austin, Savannah and the rest of the group.  This is a series that needs to be read in order since it is a continuation of the same overall story arc with each book building on the previous installment.  I thought that this was a very well done installment.

This book had a bit of a different feel.  The shock of the EMP has passed and the group has made it to a place that should be safe so their focus has shifted to learning to live together and be self-sufficient.  This is a big group and they don't necessarily blend together easily so just living together is going to take a lot of work.  It was really quite interesting to hear the plans they were making on how to survive and sustain such a large group.

There was some excitement to keep things interesting as well.  Most of the action occurred later in this book but I enjoyed the lead-up.  It sometimes seems that this group just cannot catch a break.  They have to try to figure out if the data they hold could make a difference and stop the group responsible for the EMP and they have to fight to stay safe.  It seems like there is one challenge after another.

Maxwell Zener did a great job with this book.  I think that he stayed really consistent with the character voices that he used in the two books in the series.   This series has a really large cast of characters and I love how varied and unique each voice was. I thought that he added a lot of excitement and emotion into the reading. 

I would recommend this book to fans of apocalypse stories.  This was a very enjoyable addition to the series with a nice balance of action and emotional scenes.  I look forward to reading more of this exciting series.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.

The Small Town EMP Series
Book #1 - Survive the Chaos - My Review
Book #2 - Survive the Aftermath
Book #3 - Survive the Conflict
About the Author
(From the Author's Website)
Grace Hamilton is the prepper pen-name for a bad-ass, survivalist momma-bear of four kids, and wife to a wonderful husband. After being stuck in a mountain cabin for six days following a flash flood, she decided she never wanted to feel so powerless or have to send her kids to bed hungry again. Now she lives the prepper lifestyle and knows that if SHTF or TEOTWAWKI happens, she’ll be ready to help protect and provide for her family.

Combine this survivalist mentality with a vivid imagination (as well as a slightly unhealthy day dreaming habit) and you get a prepper fiction author. Grace spends her days thinking about the worst possible survival situations that a person could be thrown into, then throwing her characters into these nightmares while trying to figure out “What SHOULD you do in this situation?”

It’s her wish that through her characters, you will get to experience what life will be like and essentially learn from their mistakes and experiences, so that you too can survive!

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Bookbub | Facebook | Amazon


  1. It has been a while since I read a story set in this element. I do like the sound of this one and glad book two held strong for you.

  2. I love the idea of prepper fiction written by someone who actually lives the lifestyle. It must add an extra layer of authenticity to this series

  3. i find this kinds of book fascinating...a lot of times the beginning is setting up the story, so i am able to stick with it to get to the good stuff
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. I can't even imagine if something like this really happened. People would be crazy. This sounds good.

  5. It's been a while since I read an apocalyptic type read but this sure sounds good.

  6. It's been a while since I read a book like this, it sounds really interesting :D

  7. I love these kind of dystopian and also prepper stories. Fantastic review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  8. I love the premise of this post apocalyptic series! Would love to know more.


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