One Second After: Protecting Family and Food

This is the sixth topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here.

In the story, panic set in within a day or two of the EMP occurring. People started looting stores and just taking what they wanted. Later people’s personal homes were broken into in attempts to find food. There was also an incident with a large gang of people crossing the landscape and terrorizing small towns along the way. The main characters in the book were able to work together and put up a strong defense that protected their town.


  • What do you do when people come knocking on your door for food?
  • How do you sleep at night when the threat of intruders is real?
  • Who do you join up with to form a group of protection?
  • What sorts of weapons would be best in this scenario?
  • Would you try to hide your food and/or family?
  • How would it be for a woman and children alone in a house?
  • Think about where you live? What type of problems may occur in your area?


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