The story was an EMP apocalypse (as opposed to zombies or nuclear war). It seemed like the details as far as what would survive an EMP and what would not, were correct. The author also showed the effects on different populations The two main characters are a middle aged widower and his daughter, a first year college student. The disaster is shown primarily through their eyes and a few other characters.
I liked the main character. I liked the fact that he was not an ex-seal alpha male type. He was an ordinary joe trying to survive long enough to find his daughter and keep her safe. I wasn’t as wild about the daughter. Granted she had lost her mother recently but she seemed too mature and forward thinking for a first year college student. She is the one who realizes the food fight in the cafeteria is destroying food they will need in days to come. And then she stands up to all the other students and puts a stop to it. She is definitely more mature than I was at that age. So she was not as believable a character as her father was.
I liked Mr. Lucas’s voice. It was different than other narrators in a way that is hard to quantify. Probably the best I can express the difference is he sounded like a regular guy, which the main character is, so good job narrator! I really appreciated that he did not do a falsetto for the female voices. By subtle changes in tone, accents and speech patterns Mr. Lucas did a very good job of representing each character, no matter what gender or age. The accents he did were also very believable.
The production values were good for the most part. When the narrator raises his voice, for example when the serviceman calls the main character to warn him that something is going to happen, the sound quality is not as good. I know it is very hard to create raised voices and still keep that audio and the regular level audio on a good level. Other than raised voices, I thought the production values were good.
My attention was not absolutely riveted. I enjoyed the book but it did not keep me awake wanting to continue listening to it. I would still recommend Breakdown Season 1 to any disaster or post apocalypse fans. It looks like Season 1 is just the start of what may be a much longer series. I would suggest that Mr. Lucas be retained as the narrator because he really gave the main character a believable voice.