Static Mayhem has been featured a lot on Booksie so I decided to mosy over to Amazon, buy a Kindle copy, and see what I thought. The verdict: a very entertaining book from a promising new author.
The book begins about three months after almost everyone in the world has disapeared because of some unknown event. A survivor, Harrison Cody cruises the ruined highways of New Hampshire and Massachusetts looking for survivors. But peope haven't just disappeared. Buildings have been reduced to rubble, highways have been shorn in two, malls and structures destroyed. Cars, people, houses, etc. have mostly all disappeared. Some kind of colossal shuffling occurred.
Although much of the infrastructure has been destroyed, electricity and appliances still run. Weird, especially when power lines and powerplants are gone. He also finds dead dinosaurs and advanced technological gadgets, like glasses that have Terminator like sensors and read-outs.
Despite all of this, he has yet to find any evidence of other people. Until one day he hears a woman'svoice on the radio, urging all survivors to come to Chicago.
What follows is a journey across a dramatically altered United States. He picks up a travel companion who turns out to be central to the story, a pixie named Glimmer who is displaced from her world and who may be the last pixie in the world. This is where some of the fantasy comes in. In a less skilled writer, the combination of science fiction, fantasy and post-apocalyptic might not mesh well. Here it does. The whole thing is believable and not goofy or corny in the least. I think the three pieces fit together and create a unique world and story.
In fact, Glimmer probably steals the book.You'll have to decide for yourself.
He also takes a perilous ride on a futuristic mag-train that reminded me a bit of the train scene from one of Stephen King's DarkTower books (I can't remember which one right now). Indeed, the feel of this book is a bit like the Dark Tower although not as grim and dystopian as the world that King created.
The explanation of what happened to the world is satisfying, as is the ending, which left me with a lump in my throat.
If you're looking for a breathe of fresh air in the post-apocalyptic, end of the world, genre, then Irecommend you check out Static Mayhem.