LOCAL AUTHOR W.R. Flynn
What happens when government fiscal mismanagement, resource wars, peak oil, overpopulation, high unemployment and an unexpected shocking and sudden wave of bank failures converge and descend at the same time? It just could mean unimaginable chaos. This riveting apocalyptic novel tells the exciting story of a young Asian American woman starting another routine, early-morning shift at a downtown Portland, Oregon Starbucks and finds, as the warm summer morning progresses, that the nation’s economy has completely and utterly collapsed, and there is absolutely nothing the government or anyone can do about it. The chaos, fear, and horrifying deprivation that immediately follow start in the first chapter and move like lightning throughout the entire fast-paced book.It portrays her journey to seek safety, first for herself then later for her family as they all flee for their very survival across the Sandy River and into the close-knit, rural farmlands of Corbett, Oregon, where they must work long hours and fight hard as they strive to establish a harsh, new life.
You too might get nightmares after reading Shut Down. But, if they inspire you to start prepping your family for an emergency of any kind or to start working with your neighbors to start making your community resilient enough to deal with a more uncertain future along the lines of the Transition Movement, or both, then the bad dreams will be for a very good cause.
–Low, Ee, Singapore, Investing, and Everything
The tale is no picnic, though a lot off people flee carrying food. Flynn chose Corbett for a stand-off because its residents are more likely to have and use weapons, along with the land and ability to grow food and dynamite enough to topple the bridges over the Sandy River when hungry hordes advance. Further, it has a gravity-fed water system that will run without the necessity of pumps.
Corbett’s survivors are remarkably cohesive – hard to believe if you’ve ever been to a school board meeting. The tale is so bloody that you will never see the scenery in the same way again driving Gordon Creek Road.