13 January 2017

Basically Frightened



By Vasily Pugh

Print Length 347 pages

📕My Review

Quite a different read to most other post-apocalyptic books. This one's tongue-in-cheek and written with a great deal of wit and topical observation. The story's told from the viewpoint of semi-immune protagonist Buck as he leaves his home in search of other survivors. On his way he encounters adversaries in the semblance of Klingons and a bunch of kids who wouldn't look out of place on the set of a Mad Max movie.

Be prepared to have plenty of laughs as Buck writes about his experiences in his journal. The majority of in-jokes and narrative relate to British popular culture, so non-Brits should be aware they may have a tough time understanding the humour.

Overall, I thought Basically Frightened was a good read. It approached the post-apocalyptic genre from a different angle which I found to be refreshing. I should also point out that the Kindle version contains quite a few grammatical errors and could benefit from another proofreading.

My thanks to author Vasily Pugh for providing a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

Oh no, not another post-apocalyptic chronicle I hear you cry. But wait, where are the lumbering zombies, floppy mutants and crazy survivalists called Huck? No, this is not the glamorous Hollywood vision with exciting weapons and deceptively good teeth (though mine are adequate), this is the husk of a world left behind after one of those pesky pandemics (rather insensitively called 'The Shakes' on Social Media). Join my odyssey through looted pound shops and empty supermarkets as I encounter numerous people who range from 1 to 10 on the psychotic survivor scale. Expect intrigue, betrayal, warm fuzzy feelings and references to Pot Noodles.

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