Group Book Read – DETAILS

We announced in our October Newsletter that we are going to be hosting a group book read of the book One Second After. We are hoping to get a good dialog going about the story itself, as well as some discussion about EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) attacks and how we can prepare for such a scenario. Even if we don’t experience an EMP we think the book will provide a lot of food for thought on ways to prep for other emergency situations too.

One Second After
by William R. Forstchen

This thriller walks you through a fictional story that demonstrates what life would be like if an EMP were to occur. We don’t want to get people too worried about this type of scenario, but instead want everyone to analyze their long term priorities should such an event occur that basically left you to fend for yourself for an extended period of time.

Group Discussion Details

  • Purchase or borrow a copy of One Second After this week and aim to have it read by early November
  • Submit any questions you are specifically interested in discussing to us by November 1st. We will be compiling these and may use some of them as we direct the group discussion. Email them to info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net.
  • Come back to the blog the week of November 7th and the fun will begin. We will be structuring the discussions to take place in the comments section and it will most likely span over a few days so you won’t miss out if your schedule doesn’t permit you to be there at a certain time date or time.
  • Feel free to peruse the Facebook Discussion about this book as a preview, but the official discussion will take place here on the blog so everyone can participate and we can respond to each other’s comments in a more “readable” fashion.

We are very excited about this event and if people like it we may consider hosting more group book reads in the future.


  • This book made very clear the threats to our lives created by our reliance on the grid and upon the easy way of life most of us were raised up enjoying.  What struck me was the fact that most of us have no idea how to be self reliant, nor are we able to protect ourselves.  I’ve spent the past several years reading and using information, yet I’m overwhelmed at what I still need to learn-and to teach my kids.  Truly, if a disaster of this nature should hit us, so many will die simply because they don’t know how to do anything of a practical nature.
      One Second After was an eye-opener, for sure, and the horrible thing about it is that there really is not much we can do to prevent the loss of the people in our society most at risk: the very young, the elderly, those with health problems that are life threatening.  And, oh, lest I forget: putting people with mental health problems in concentration camps…
    Let’s just say this book made me shudder…and wonder how many of my family would survive.  God help us all.

  • Anonymous

    i tell you my first eye opener was the movie waterworld…i kept thinking what if there are no more resources?

    the book one second after is not only a great social fiction novel, but instructional as well… what happens when you don’t prepare sufficiently? what happens when a whole community depends on the government to survive? what happens when help can’t come to you at all for a whole year? our ancestors spent all their waking hours working to survive. they constantly cut down timber for winter. if you didn’t have enough wood cut down and seasoned you were dead in the winter. if you didn’t have enough food stored you were dead in the winter. and those who did not have fruits and veggies soon found themselves with dietary problems and possibly death. if you plan to only store grains and some proteins your bowels will not be so forgiving! that’s an intestinal nightmare! got mineral oil?

  • J – newbie

    Jodi & Julie, thank you so very much for suggesting and hosting the book discussion.

    Your list of questions in each category were insightful – and tough! – and insured that I, and probably most, greatly expanded our thoughts and, thus, which future actions.

    And you are real troopers for doing it so soon after this 7-day Challenge! Hope you are now able to take a day or two of real down time ’cause you have sure earned it!

    Warm regards
    J

  • Midnightmom

    I’m guessing that the people stuck on that cruise ship are experiencing the same conditions as the townsfolk in the hospital and old folks home did in the book.

    • Anonymous

      they should be getting to san diego in 3 more hours! if they have not already arrived!

  • Linda

    I read this book about a year ago. It certainly opened my eyes as to what I was lacking in being prepared. #1. Daily medications & Vitamin Supplements required for overall health for me and for my entire family. Emergency medications for fever, infection of wounds, etc. It has helped to have a nursing background to logically try to plan for anything. 2# I always thought I had a well stocked home as far as food storage went but after the book I realized it is an ongoing task. We all need to just keep working at it slowly, but not too slowly. 3# I feel fortunate to live in an area where we can heat and cook with wood if need be. Also water sources are fairly close but have worked hard at water storage in the home. It seems we can never have enough. 4# I was so impressed with the “old” cars ability to still run after the EMP I researched when the electronic ignition was added to vehicles and kept my eye out for an older well running car that could get me from point A to point B if I needed to get out of town. Scored on a 1964 Comet with a huge trunk! It is an old lady car but cruises down the road well.
    I think at first the book scared me but I have come to realize the more prepared I am for anything the less I am frightened by what could happen. I will continue to review and add to my preparedness “closet” and to try to anticipate my needs and the needs of my ever growing family. “Food Storage Made Easy” has helped in a common sense approach to getting ready.

  • Lillian

    I found the book..eye opening. I had many gaps in my preparedness plan. Reading this book has help me close some of those gaps and the others I am working on. 1) The need to live in a community that wants to survive and ban together and self-protection is #1. You cannot survive a long-term emergency by yourself. You need people who have skills and knowledge you don’t. It really takes a village. I will be selling my home and moving as soon as possible. Regardless of the scenario, living in any major city location is not safe in any long-term emergency. Relocating is important now so I can learn to garden in my new environment. I had this “urge” to move after watching After Armageddon on the History Channel. 2) Personal safe is a must! I don’t own a weapon but I have signed up for the NRA weapon class and applied for the appropriate gun permits. I want to make sure I know what I am doing, have some experience, and practice. 3) Storing enough garden seeds, learning how to garden, purchasing tools to garden, and learning how to preserve foods. For every can or bucket of food I store and then eat. I need to grow enough to replace for the future. 4) Also my daughter is growing daily. I need to store clothes, shoes, boots, etc. in larger sizes so she will continue to have clothing that fits. 5) I also will talk to my doctor about getting extra antibiotics and pain killers for my emergency medical supplies. I have made medical appointments for physicals so we have a recent health exam in a clean environment and will get the Hepatitis series of shots for my family. Starting a regular exercise plan to stay in shape and healthy. 6) Sanitation, Sanitation, Sanitation…store things to sanitize self, home, clothes, etc. The chapter where Doc was explaining the wave of disease he knew would come as a result of the battle was “sigh” overwhelming. I could actually see it in the major cities. 7) Continue to live life and enjoy each day as a blessing. I will not let my self become obsessed with preparation but I will make preparation a priority and BUDGET for it. For my family, we have to prepare because store shelves will be emptied in hours not days. Thanks for bring this book to my attention!

    • Midnightmom

      6) Sanitation, Sanitation, Sanitation…store things to sanitize self, home, clothes, etc.

      I have a fairly large hole in my preps here. :/ There is only so much one can do with the amount of money one has, but I really should not neglect this topic as much as I have.

  • Bon_32

    I enjoyed the book as it was very thought provoking. The loss of life, from what I understand, is very realistic. The profanity didn’t bother me, as you put people in that situation and that is what you are going to hear a lot of. It’s the least destructive stress reducer. the hardest part for me in the book, was the dogs. Having an 11 y/o dog that has been with me since he was 4 months old, it made me determined to make sure that I have enough supplies for him for at least a year!

  • sara

    I AM HALF WAY THROUGH THE BOOK AND CANT HELP THINKING HOW SAD THIS WOULD BE FOR ALL OF US, AND AM IM REALLY PREPARED, BECAUSE IT WILL ALL FALL ON ME BECAUSE THE FAMILY JUST DOES NOT GET IT.

  • Shaunda Burns

    I just finished the book today (I started yesterday). I couldn’t put it down. Very informative and scary. I have thought about an EMP attack before because it is mentioned in the series “The Great and Terrible” by author Chris Stewart. It really gets you thinking how quickly basic human survival instincts and traits come out or go away. Very good read.

  • Susie

    I picked up my copy from the library today and can’t put it down. It is very scary and realistic. Am I the only one going, “Oh I hadn’t thought of that, need to stock up on that,” Or thinking about sheltering in place and security risks???? I am not afraid, just thinking.

  • Stephanie in WA

    I read this book, One Second After, and Alas, Babylon at about the same time. They were written 40 plus years apart but detail a similar event. One thing that stood out for me was how much more likely people are to leave the site of an emergency. We even see that in real world emergencies like Katrina where those with the means pack up and leave the area as soon as they know of the danger.

    Since reading these two books, I’ve purchased a bicycle and a thermal cooker. They have the double benefit of supporting my energy saving efforts today and helping to prepare me for an extended power outage type emergency. I’m also making efforts to get involved in preparedness activities in my community like CERT. I want leaving town to be a last option, not the only option for my family.

    I was most shocked by the massive loss of life in the book, both to violence and starvation.

  • Kamkelms

    I heard about this book from a radio show, and a friend let me borrow it. I agree with the fact that the swearing was tough to get through, but it is a reality in our world, unfortunately. Also, it was hard to read some parts…just because of the tragedy involved, but I pushed through it because I knew I needed to take my blinders off.

  • Kitchenpirate

    I purchased an audiobook from itunes as I don’t have time to sit and read as much as I would like. My eyes and ears were opened to many ideas I had overlooked in my preps and in my food pantry! I’m not one to be a fear-monger, but am planning or getting even more serious about being prepared for tough times and not so tough times. The “F” word is used alot in this book, but I think that might have even jolted me awake further to understand that when people feel threatened, they can have a huge personality shift. I think it is a must read for the insight of living through this “time” in the eyes of the participants.

  • Kitchenpirate

    I purchased an audiobook from itunes as I don’t have time to sit and read as much as I would like. My eyes and ears were opened to many ideas I had overlooked in my preps and in my food pantry! I’m not one to be a fear-monger, but am planning or getting even more serious about being prepared for tough times and not so tough times. The “F” word is used alot in this book, but I think that might have even jolted me awake further to understand that when people feel threatened, they can have a huge personality shift. I think it is a must read for the insight of living through this “time” in the eyes of the participants.

  • There is a lot of language in this book. I started reading it.

  • There is a lot of language in this book. I started reading it.

  • Got my book tonight from the library….. Getting scared and excited, I read and article about this about a month ago.
    Melissa

  • One of the few books I have sat down and read cover to cover in a single sitting. I’ll be sure to read it again.

  • One of the few books I have sat down and read cover to cover in a single sitting. I’ll be sure to read it again.

  • Tracy in SC

    I just wanted to put a warning out there to sensitive readers. There is a lot of language in this book. I started reading it, and I loved the story, but couldn’t get past the profanity. I found a review about it on goodreads.com that said the “F word” is used a LOT. (I can’t attest to that as I stopped reading.) Just wanted people to feel informed.

  • Tracy in SC

    I just wanted to put a warning out there to sensitive readers. There is a lot of language in this book. I started reading it, and I loved the story, but couldn’t get past the profanity. I found a review about it on goodreads.com that said the “F word” is used a LOT. (I can’t attest to that as I stopped reading.) Just wanted people to feel informed.

    • Katzcradul

      I too was offended by some of the words I encountered in this book. My husband and I read it mostly in the car. He drove and I read. I substituted or skipped over offensive words as I read out loud. When an EMP of other catastrophic events happens in our real world, I imagine you’ll hear these very words spoken OFTEN! I try not to be too sensitive about this kind of thing, especially when reading a book that so vitally important. (I’ve sat in front of high school kids on the bleachers at a high school football game and heard worse language!) I don’t want to be an ostrich, with my head in the sand. I try to approach these matters with a degree of maturity.

  • Andreakay405

    I read the book a few months ago and loved it. I have told every one I know about it. Some parts were uncomfortable to read but I did start to look at home storage in a new light. It made me want to learn more primative skills. So I did.

  • Andreakay405

    I read the book a few months ago and loved it. I have told every one I know about it. Some parts were uncomfortable to read but I did start to look at home storage in a new light. It made me want to learn more primative skills. So I did.

  • I borrowed a copy of this from the library yesterday and I’m already about halfway through the book. Wow. Such a fascinating, sobering, thought-provoking read.

  • I borrowed a copy of this from the library yesterday and I’m already about halfway through the book. Wow. Such a fascinating, sobering, thought-provoking read.