Jim Powell and his coworkers have separated into two groups. One group believes that the government and the FEMA camps will take care of everyone and that this situation is only temporary. Jim’s group believes the disaster will have long-term effects and that the only way to survive is to take care of themselves and get home the best way that they can. Back home, Jim’s family is setting into motion the plan he devised for events such as this.
In Horton’s second novel of The Borrowed World Series, Ashes of the Unspeakable, we follow the trials and tribulations of the three groups. It’s not an easy journey home and the reality of it all starts to dawn on the FEMA camp group. Jim’s group, while prepared more so than others, has its share of hard luck along the way. Jim’s family struggle to keep what they have against a group trying to take everything away from them and their neighbors.
In this gripping story of survival a bleak picture of how quickly society unravels is vividly painted across the pages. We see how fast things can go wrong when mistakes are made. I liked this book even more than the first in the series.
5 out of 5 stars.