POD, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


POD is the story of a global cataclysmic event, told from the viewpoints of Megs, a twelve-year-old streetwise girl trapped in a hotel parking garage in Los Angeles, and sixteen-year-old Josh, who is stuck in a house in Prosser, Washington, with his increasingly obsessive-compulsive father.

Food and water and time are running out. Will Megs survive long enough to find her mother? Will Josh and his father survive each other?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781848773899



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A good little Sci-fi novel about people struggling to survive, which is just the kind of thing I like to read. While I loved being in the lives of Megs and Josh, seeing how they survived and struggled for food in both of their immensely different situations, I kind of wished we saw more of the aliens. They don't really play much of a role other than floating in the sky and keeping people inside. The second a person step outdoors, they get zapped and we never find out where they go. Doesn't matter where you are, the PODs are all-seeing. If you walk outside, they get you. Just seemed a bit too juvenile a way to bring in aliens. It may as well have been a storm or nuclear blast. But I'm willing to admit that as a 24 year old woman, I probably wasn't the target market. I am big on Sci-fi and aliens, so I offer my views as that as a fan of the genre. First off, I'll start with Meghan's story.One thing that bugged me throughout was Megs' clear ignorance to her mother being a prostitute. It's early morning, she leaves her daughter in the car, slathers on makeup, tells her daughter this "job interview" won't take long and then they'll have money to eat breakfast, then gets in a car with some guy and they drive around a corner. That in itself didn't bother me, she's just a young twelve-year-old girl unaware what her mother has to do to make a living. But the more we find out about Megs, the more she seems like the kind of girl who would be very aware that her mother was at least a part-time hooker. Megs manages to survive on her own in a multi-storey car park and is savvy enough to search for food under seats, finds water in the water section of a carpet cleaning van, rescues a kitten whom she keeps safe, hides in the trunks of cars to avoid some Bad Mofos who have taken over the hotel that the car park is attached to, and she even steals a gun and leaves them a taunting note. She then sneaks through vents to get into the hotel to save her kitten and instead saves some other woman who, when she finds her, it is mentioned that Megs knows her but I forget how she came up earlier. She sneaks in and out of the hotel, has a scuffle with a few guards that she manages to get free from; and throughout all of this we get hints at her past, the way her mother's boyfriend drank and beat her up, the way they were always moving and having to leave their items behind. My conclusion was that Meghan is very smart and resourceful, and she WOULD know what her mother was really doing in these job interviews. But again I'm pretty sure any 12 year old would be. Perhaps it's because the author is male, but I don't want to get gender bias into this. I felt the authors grasp of a twelve year old girl was a little muddled. At the start she seems almost like a seven/eight year old, but her actions and vocabulary are one of fourteen year old. She doesn't come off as a twelve-year old at all. Perhaps that's the author being unsure how to write a female, another point in the novel he writes about two teenage friends one of whom claims the worst thing about the alien invasion is that she's still fat, following up with the completely non-insulting nod to the female gender when she says "Like, no duh, this is, like, the worst vacation ever."I would like to think that even the vainest of stereotypical teenage girls would recognize the desperation of an alien invasion, lack of food/water/safety. Maybe I'm just being too feminist about it.. Anyway, onto Josh's story. I preferred it to Megan's, but it was unnecessarily gross at times.Family dog, Dutch, loves to lick his balls. We're told that in those words exactly, and we're told them often. Including one unsavory scene where Josh recounts listening to the dog lick his balls as he's trying to sleep. Add in a father in sweatpants who reaches down to scratch his own balls in front of a window and you have quite an image. It's father and son living alone, and I get that when you're alone with family during some sort of panic, you don't give a shit who scratches what where or when. But as a reader, we don't like to read that. The same way we don't want to hear about people squatting over buckets to go to the bathroom, and tossing the contents into their backyards. Or the way one guy whistles while he's squatting over a bucket. It's unnecessary to go into that much detail about crap, as a reader we figure that would be taken care of; we don't need the mechanics of it. But hey, maybe the guy was just going into the specifics would really say in this type of scenario.All in all, POD is a quick, easy read (though it did take me a week 'cos I was busy) and quite engaging. The story is always moving forwards, and there's no time for a lull or dump of information. It's a well written novel but I would imagine it's for younger readers around 10-16. If you like the genre and can find it at your local library, pick it up and give it a read. :)