Sunstrike: The Journey Home
by Bev Robitai
Bradley Brown knows how to make the most of life. At 22, he is living the dream working as a dive instructor at a luxury resort in Bali. But his carefree lifestyle ends when the island’s electricity goes dead. After several days it becomes apparent this is no ordinary power outage. A massive solar storm has wiped out electrical technology across the globe, leaving Bradley stranded a very long way from home.
His thoughts turn to his widowed mother back in New Zealand. Completely out of contact and worried she may need his help, he sets off on a long and difficult journey using any means of transport available. The world is different now; he faces unexpected dangers and treachery, growing up a little more with each new setback.
Will Bradley make it across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, and will he be ready for what he finds when he gets home?
Bev, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
The Sunstrike series is about the sun’s flares striking down Earth’s electrical technology. Sunstrike: The Journey Home covers the hero’s travels in a post-technology world.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Bradley Brown is the hero – fun-loving, intelligent and kind – but I rather liked the nuggety little old Australian he met in Darwin who seemed to have a life of his own outside the story.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
It’s important to be prepared for disaster but there may be an upside to it as well. Removing technology would force us back to what really matters – reconnecting with the people around us.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
The post-apocalyptic setting is the background for a lively and entertaining adventure story.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“Let me first say I did enjoy the book. It was a relatively calm read with a few nail biting chapters.”
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