Review by by Michele Roger
In The Remnant: Into The Collision, P. A. Douglas takes us on thrill ride in an end of days epic tale that reads quickly and plays out like a video game. The story’s main character, Byron is part heart-broken divorcee, part protective father and all vigilantly. As meteors hurtle through space, heading straight for the obliteration of the earth, all of society crumbles.
Media and information collapse with the broadcasted suicide of the last news anchor standing. Corpses line the otherwise vacant streets of his city. Night time brings teenagers with guns, vandalism, robbery and murder. Primal instincts surge up in Byron as he worries for his daughter.
When home is no longer a refuge, Byron heads to his hometown scuba gear factory with its high security system and code protected gate. Byron chooses to survive the apocalypse and the factory seems a formidable strong hold. A small group of ragtag, would-be survivors join him. Unfortunately, Byron soon discovers what from a distance can appear a refuge, can intimately become a personal prison; a hell on earth.
As the deadly meteors penetrate earth’s atmosphere, the planet’s oxygen supply begins to deplete. The factory, with its hundreds of spare oxygen tanks suddenly becomes the only means of possible survival. The characters resort to a dog-eat-dog mentality.
Armed to the teeth with guns, thanks to the small group’s hometown drug dealer, survivors begin to turn on fellow survivors. The military adds to the chaos and approaches the factory in the hopes of stealing vast oxygen supply.
The pages turn as the corpses line the factory floor. Which will last longer, the bullets in the magazine or the last of the oxygen trapped inside the scuba gear factory? Witness the end of days through Byron’s eyes as he fights to stay alive. Will he be earth’s last remnant?
I think P. A. Douglas has introduced us to a part of humanity we might be too afraid to face as a society. He is convincing in his argument that not all of us, in fact, very few of us are innately good when facing the last few days or hours of our time on earth. “Remnant” has the emotional pull of the apocalyptic novel, “The Road” infused with the speed and energy of the film “Mad Max.”
Michele Roger is a Detroit native and a published horror author. Her recent novels include, “The Conservatory” as well as her latest release, “Eternal Kingdom: A Vampire Story.” You can find both for sale through STFU publishing, biblio.com and amazon.com. When Michele isn’t writing, she is a harpist and composer.