Review: CyberStorm

CyberStorm by Matthew Mather
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A 4.5 star read that I couldn’t put down when I started.
The book gets off to a slow start as the author builds up the characters and you get to know a little about their backgrounds. Stay with the book as the pace gradually picks up and I found myself wanting to know what happens next.
The story starts with the gradual failure of key computer systems and the author skilfully builds this up and expands the situation the characters face, and you find yourself sharing their plight. What makes the story more scary is that it is totally believable and as you read it you find yourself wondering could this really happen?
As with other sci-fi stories with an internet slant, there is a slight stretching of credibility and the obligatory use of a mesh network. However the people (lead characters and the others in the story) are the main focus of the story to which the technology plays an ancillary role. As with all apocalyptic disaster stories there are good friendly people and then there are the people who aren’t so nice. This story has both aplenty from the lovable Russian elderly neighbours who survived terrible events in their past to the thieves who steal food from other characters when it is in short supply.
As I got towards the end of the book I found myself wanting to see how the book would finish, as the story is brought to its conclusion and we find out who was behind the cyberstorm. I like the way the author spent a little time at the end telling us how the story finished and didn’t just leave it with hope in sight (like Hollywood blockbusters do!). Something else that impressed me was finding out that the author self-publishes, I didn’t realise this when I bought the book and wouldn’t have realised at the end had the author not said.
I really enjoyed reading this story and I hope that we don’t find ourselves in this situation in real life…

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