Bracken is a typical teenage boy, more interested in the angles of the girl’s exposed back teasing him from the seat ahead of him than in anything the geometry teacher could present. His life is filled with school, video games, and thoughts of girls, not necessarily in that order. Life just flows along uneventfully and unacknowledged, like the electricity that courses through the power lines — until PF (Power Failure) Day. On PF Day, the sun strikes Bracken’s world with an unseen surge of electromagnetic fury, which cripples power stations and burns transformers to crispy nuggets of regret.
No one in Bracken’s world had ever thought about how much they depended on electrical power, but now, without it, they are plunged into survival mode. Bracken soon realizes how lucky he is to live on a farm in the Midwest. What seemed like a dull and backwards life before is now the greatest chance for survival in what seems like a powerless world. Food, water, and heat are readily available, although hard work is required to make use of them. Bracken and his family must learn to survive like their ancestors, who settled their land.
10 Fun Random Facts:
- My husband jokingly calls me the Dream Crusher. Head on over to my website, julielcasey.com, on the About Me page to find out why.
- I’m the mother of five, grandmother of two, with identical twin granddaughters on the way.
- I’m a wildlife rehabilitator. I’ve helped many reptiles, including snakes and turtles, and some mammals, including raccoons, rabbits, and even a bat.
- My family and I reenact civil war/pioneer days, have starred in several documentaries and western films, and are docents at the Pony Express National Museumin St. Joseph, Missouri.
- I don’t care for chocolate (I know, almost blasphemous), although I eat it occasionally.
- I’m a tomboy at heart, which scares me a little having granddaughters – I hope they’re not too girlie (but of course, I’ll adore them anyway).
- My favorite foods are sweet potatoes and broccoli, both with just butter, salt, and pepper — no marshmallows or fake melted cheese for me.
- We have five dogs and seven cats, all of whom are rescues. Luckily, we live in the country with lots of wide=open spaces for them to run and a barn to house most of the cats.
- My favorite color is blue and being a tomboy, I have an illogical aversion to wearing anything pink, although I like the color on other people.
- I homeschool my three youngest sons, which is why I wrote How I Became a Teenage Survivalistto give them something new to read for their daily reading requirement.
- I love playing Solitaire and reward myself for every chapter I write or edit with a quick game. Or two. Or three…