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My 11 year old daughter is very interested in reading One Second After. Is it suitable for a person of that age? I don't want her to read it yet if it has extremely disturbing parts, like graphic depictions of torture, rape, etc. (I wouldn't want her to read Unintended Consequences, for example.)

If this one is not suitable, is there a similar and good book that is suitable, that comes to mind?

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I think she will be okay with it. The hardest part for me (relatable as my own kiddo had T1D) is the main character's daughter dying from her diabetes. But as I read it, I found it no more objectionable than Harry Potter books.
 
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You're the adult and know your child best. You read it first and decide rather than take someones advice on the internet.

I personally think it is too intense for an 11 year old.
 

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You're the adult and know your child best. You read it first and decide rather than take someones advice on the internet.

I personally think it is too intense for an 11 year old.

^^^^ This right here. I'm neigh on to 60 years old and I thought it was brutal especially if you stop and think what would happen to your neighborhood in a scenario such as this.
 
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You know your daughter best. In case you don't know, One Second After is the first of a three book series on the event. One Year After picks up on the same people one year in. The last installment The Final Day wraps it and is as much a must read as the first book. One year after is slow in a few places but still great overall. It must be read to understand much of the 3rd book. The average 11 year old today knows more than I did when I was drafted. Sadly, TV, the media, social media and movies take away young peoples innocence far earlier than we realize.
 

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Common Sense reigns supreme. If YOU think it's too intense, then your daughter would probably be disturbed by it. I got hold of a true detective mag when I was her age, and I STILL remember it!
 

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The book may cause her a few nightmares. If you are the least bit a prepper, this book may get her to understand why. I let a guy I worked with read it. Within a month he bought an AR, two cases of MREs, and several LIFESTRAWS.
 
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It's pretty good, better than the follow up "One Year After". Read it first, then decide. By 12 she should be OK with it. It depicts desperate situations and hard choices. Parts of it are brutal. It can serve as her introduction to the preparedness mindset. Be prepared to discuss it with her. The Boy Scouts used to teach this stuff, so get her The Boy Scout Manual also. Then take her camping, and teach her how to fish and hunt.
 

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The book is a good read. I used to read all kinds of books back when I was young and I thank my Mom for never censuring my reading. My young mind was exposed to many things due to this freedom. Let her read anything she wants short of porn.
 

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While I find that book to be a fascinating read, it would probably be more appreciated by an adult. It would be absorbed more as a life lesson than as mere fear mongering. For example, the lead character puts an antagonist's head on pike as a warning. Heavy, ritualistic stuff for a young person.
 

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If you decide to let her read it, I would definitely read it yourself first, and make it a point to discuss it with her as she reads it. The End of the World could be scary for a child to think about. But a mindset of preparedness and self-sufficiency would be an invaluable lesson to learn. Either way, this would be a good time for some active parenting.
 

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One Second After is an EXCELLENT read. Once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it down. It gives you a very stark look at what could very likely happen and the third and forth order effects of what EMP could and most likely would do and be like. My wife and both read it and really liked it. I think it would be a very good read for a young person. It would get their mind considering potential reality instead of the crap they are immersed in now.
 

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Maybe a better starting point would be Ted Kopple's Lights Out. It might give her a a better background for One Second After.
 
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