Commune, Book 1 - straight up apocalyptic story telling.
Yet another entry in the crowded genre of apocalyptic story telling, this series starts off with humanity being hit by a double whammy. First "the flare" occurs which brightens the night sky and wipes out most electronics. This causes the most developed nations to focus on restoring communication and travel first, and just as these start to come back online humanity finds itself hammered by a deadly plague that wipes out most of the population. Those lucky enough to be immune to the disease find themselves in a broken world that is mostly uninhabited, and they must now find a way to survive. This story is about three of those people and what they must do to survive. Jake, Billy, and Amanda all feel like real people, and their stories are definitely worth hearing.
I found Commune to be a refreshing apocalyptic story simply because it approaches the topic in a straightforward manner. The characters and their relationships felt real, the issues they faced were believable, and the pace of things going south seemed accurate. This is rarer than it should be within this genre and by the time the book was over I cared about all 3 main characters. They are people I wanted to root for and my investment in them makes picking up the next book in the series a no-brainer.
The audiobook version is narrated by R. C. Bray and he is a perfect fit for the material. He has quickly established himself as "the guy" for narrating apocalyptic stories and I really enjoy his performances here and in the Hell Diver series. He really brings both series to another level.