According to a USA Today analysis of federal energy records, about once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid is struck by a cyber or physical attack. If such a disaster occurred, the lasting ramifications would be unclear, especially if the attack targeted a major American city.
How Americans and the United States government should properly respond when faced with a domestic crisis is exactly what Michael Kravitz addresses in his novel, “Boston Darkens,” which follows a family struggling to survive after a portion of the country’s power grid is compromised.
“In America, we are incredibly dependent on our electrical grid and water supply systems,” Kravitz said. “I sought to emphasize what could happen because of the nation’s reliance on technology.”
Kravitz believes that the U.S. government would have a hard time properly handling this type of disaster based on the amount of implications that could occur. Through the family’s decisions and struggles, he aims to show readers how individuals and those in power should collectively unite to survive a national disaster.
“Any large catastrophic event brings out the good and the bad of human nature,” Kravitz said. “People must exhibit awareness and compassion to survive an attack on American soil.”