At its heart, Going home is a cooking guide, written by a traveler who loves his backpack. The author, A. American spends a significant percentage of this book taking stuff out of his bag to cook. So, if you are in need of a step by step guide on how to do that in a post-apocalyptic world, this book is for you.
The internet is full of positive reviews for this book, but I seem to have missed the boat on this one. I was not a fan of this audiobook. Here’s my Going Home audiobook review.
Going home is about a father’s journey back to his family. Set during the fall of the United States, the main character Morgan Carter finds himself stranded hundreds of miles away from his wife and daughters. With no other option but to walk, Morgan sets out through a country in disarray. Meeting friends and foes along the way, Morgan eventually befriends Thad and Jessie. As a group, they agree to work together to get home.
From there the story is full of clique scenarios. Marauders, rapists, and evil government conspiracy. It’s all there, mixed in with the countless unpacking and meal prepping sections of the book. The story eventually opens up into a broader plot. One that sets Morgan and his friends on the path to get to the truth about what happened to the country.
Going Home is the first in an eight-book Survivalist series, so you’ll have to opt-in to see if Morgan and friends achieve their goal. I decided not to opt-in.
Going home is not well written. Cringe-worthy flaws litter the book. With writing repetitive, I started to feel as if I could write a novel of my own.
A thesaurus or even the free version of Grammarly could have helped this book a lot. The word repetition in Going Home is so abundant that I considered quitting it within the first hour. Only continuing because I thought I was too quick to pass judgment. Here’s an example pulled directly from the book to help provide context.
“The soup was good and hot, and good. Did I mention it was good?”
In addition to overused words, A. American used the phrase, “glassed the road” so many times that I could telegraph whenever he was about to use it.
Morgan Carter is an out of shape “prepper” that carries his guns and survival gear with him at all times. So when external forces bring an end to everyday life, Morgan was ready. Although he has never been in the military Morgan uses abbreviations and tactics like a trained navy seal. With the ability to shoot all types of firearms, Morgan’s skill set seems a little out of touch with real life.
Having prepared for this his whole life, Morgan is disturbingly willing to kill people no less than 24 hours into the books life-changing disaster. His lack of remorse and empathy for human life is off-putting.
Thad’s much more level headed in comparison to Morgan. Being a truck driver, Thad also got stranded far from his family. Armed with a shotgun and supplies from his truck, he came into the story with a much more believable skill set. He understands that the world is becoming more dangerous by the hour, but still has a compassion to help others. Thad’s rationale is more in line with what you would expect to see from an everyday guy. Making him much more relatable to me in particular.
Jessie is a young woman trying to make her way back to her parents. She understands the world as she knows it is gone. Looking for a travel companion, she meets Morgan and gets the okay to join him on his journey home.
Retired military. Sarge has a strong head on his shoulders and a self-sufficient lifestyle that makes him ideally suited for the end of the world. Being a shortwave radio hobbyists, he’s also able to provide answers to the broader threat that is destroying the country.
Do I recommend this book? No. I struggled with this book and ended up returning it. I purchased Going Home because of its overall positive scores. As I write this review, Going Home currently enjoys 4.5-star rating from 5092 reviews. Unfortunately, my experience wasn’t in sync with those reviewers.
You should only consider Going Home if you LOVE survival fiction. I say that because the general plot is okay, and the author loves talking about his gear. Fans of the genre may be able to look past this, but it’s still hard to get the past the problematic writing.
A similar book that I would highly recommend is Commune by Joshua Gayou. This three-book series is very well written, with plenty of action and post-apocalyptic conflict. If that isn’t enough, you can see where Going Home stacks up against all the other audiobooks in my audible library on my Audiobook Recommendations page. There you can view my latest reviews and see my audiobooks broken up into 1-5 star categories.
If you end up getting Going Home or have already listened/read it, let me know what you thought about it in the comments below. Please, No spoilers.
- Writing - 0.5/100.5/10
- Story - 3/103/10
- Narration - 4/104/10
Pro and Cons
Sarge’s sections of the book
Unrelatable lead character
Why so much about the backpack!
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