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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
Everything just stopped working. Cell phones, computers, cars, and anything that needed a computer chip to operate just shut down and died. That wasn't the scary part; it was the total absence of information. Nobody knew what had happened to all the people but some say you'll find answers in the city and that is exactly where Ulysses is going. He has not heard from his mother since the world went silent and he will not rest until he finds her and brings her home. Despite the appeals from his neighbors to stay in the safety of his home, he heads for the city. On this quest, he will make new allies and discover a deadly conspiracy of global proportions. If not stopped, this will change the world as we know it in Drew Samuelsen's Restart: Book 1.
Restart takes an unusual approach to an apocalyptic event in this science fiction story. Unlike similar works where your senses are overloaded by extreme violence, this storyline follows the path of intellectual decline. It is refreshing to note that the primary character in the novel is barely a youth. Drew Samuelsen uses some enterprising storytelling to integrate the reader into the gradual coming-of-age process that Ulysses undergoes as the story progresses. The suspense is palpable from the first chapter of the novel, subtly ramping up to a rather impressive climax. An aspect of the novel that caught my attention was the variety of gadgets on offer. What I would give to have a fuel-less vehicle that propels itself. The potential romantic subplot between Ulysses and Maxine shows promise. Samuelsen combines spine-tingling mystery with breathtaking action to create the spellbinding novel that is Restart. This is a science fiction gem in every sense of the word.