Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water.
One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town. All communication is cut. No one knows why. It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first.
Being the daughters of a doomsday prepper is difficult, but at least it has prepared Pru and her sisters for the apocalypse!
Set in a small mining town in remote outback Australia, far off the grid, their Dad has built an incredible, self-sufficient underground bunker. His most important rule has been religiously instilled in his girls - family first.
Then comes the Electro Magnetic Pulse, taking down all communications, transport, electricity, and basically everything that everyone takes for granted everyday. With their Dad missing and presumed dead in the mine collapse, seventeen-year-old Pru and her twin sixteen-year-old sisters face a stark new reality.
Should they only fend for themselves or share their stores? Can they let people die of things that they can prevent with their epipens and antibiotics?
After the Lights Go Out raises many ethical questions of friendship, the common good and ‘what if’, making it an ideal novel for classroom discussions in middle secondary school.
But more than that, it is also fantastic, action packed adventure with enough twists to keep you entertained from the first page to the last!
Reviewed by Rob