A Reader’s Review of Hell Week: America Falls #1

Hell Week: America Falls #1

By Scott Medbury

Review by Will Burley



Think North Korea and Russia are the greatest danger to the United States? Think again. After a surprise biological attack, America, the most powerful nation on Earth, quickly succumbs, with 99.91% of the population over the age of 16 decimated. As society unravels, and the ground invasion of his country begins, loner Isaac Race must form a connection with a ragtag group of survivors and elude not only the invaders, but other dangers and threats unleashed in chaotic Post-America.


The Protagonist

Isaac Race is the reason I fell in love with this book! We’re introduced to a 13 year old boy who is happy and having just had a good day with his friend.


Then they turn the corner and everything changes…


Isaac sees emergency vehicles and has a subconscious foreboding that his world has ended as he knows it. His family – father, mother and sister – have just passed away in a housefire.


This tragedy in Isaac’s life is a nameless character throughout this book and the entire America Falls series. While the author doesn’t beat you over the head by reminding you of this young boy’s loss, it is entwined with why Isaac is    the glue of the series. His emotional seclusion is at constant warfare with his desire to endure, not only the external threat, but also the fear of getting close to others.


The Plot

A biological attack is what appears to be America’s Armageddon. A weaponized virus slaughters just about every adult over a short period of time. Children under the age of 16 years old don’t seem to be affected.


How do kids survive without the presence of their protectors?


How does America continue to exist with parentless kids?


This is the core, in my opinion, of this series – and the author does a great job of making the trials of this book realistic.


The Genre

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, science fantasy, dystopian or horror in which the Earth’s technological civilization is collapsing or has collapsed. The apocalypse event may be climatic, such as runaway climate change; natural, such as an impact event; man-made, such as nuclear holocaust or resource depletion; medical, such as a pandemic, whether natural or man-made; eschatological, such as the Last Judgment, Second Coming or Ragnarök; or imaginative, such as a zombie apocalypse, cybernetic revolt, technological singularity, dysgenics or alien invasion.

The story may involve attempts to prevent an apocalypse event, deal with the impact and consequences of the event itself, or it may be post-apocalyptic, set after the event. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, the way to maintain the human race alive and together as one, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in a non-technological future world or a world where only scattered elements of society and technology remain. – From Wikipedia



I’m fairly new to reading the post-apocalyptic genre but author Scott Medbury made me feel as though I had finally encountered what this genre was supposed to be with his writing of Hell Week: America Falls #1!


Grade: B

I believe this should be required reading for anyone that is on the fence or simply interested in this genre. It’s plausible, written at a natural pace and leaves you eager for more!


What did you think about this review of Hell Week: America Falls #1? Have you read the book or interested in taking a look? Feel free to chat me up in the comments.

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