BY RICK MONTGOMERY
The Kansas City Star
Julie L. Casey, a St. Joseph area author of young-adult books, can’t help but ponder the possibilities.
“Everything shuts down,” said Casey, of rural Union Star, Mo. “Without electricity, there is no manufacturing. No medicines. No processed food.
“No gasoline could be refined or even oil drilled.”
Such thoughts compelled her to write a novel published last year, “How I Became a Teenage Survivalist.” It tells of a Missouri farm boy’s triumph in the wake of a massive sun flare that took away the conveniences he knew.
Her publisher, Pants on Fire Press, will soon release a sequel set in downtown Kansas City.
Different boy. Same geomagnetic storm.
The second book is scarier than the first, which served up more hope than horror.
“We can learn to live without electricity,” Casey said she was initially thinking. “Ask any survivalist. The best place to be is out on a farm.”
But in the city?
Spoiler alert: In her sequel, downtown becomes a disease-stricken ruin.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/15/4826370/could-a-giant-sunburst-unplug.html#storylink=cpy