Prepper Book Festival 8: After the Crumble

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Nov 6, 2016 (Orig - Apr 15, 2015)

After taking a break of several months, I am once again reading books in the post-apocalyptic genre.  To be honest, during this break, living and breathing what might happen following a disruptive event was simply too much to deal with.

Shifting gears, I now find myself ready to jump right in and am looking forward to simultaneously be entertained, educated, and shocked by the realities of what could indeed happen if the world and society when to heck.

After the Crumble Interview & Giveaway - Backdoor Survival

One of the first books I picked up was this latest entry in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.   After the Crumble is  the story of life after the lights have gone out one last time.  It is not necessarily a pretty story, or a happy story, but it is one that needs to be told so that we can plan for our own future if the worse were to happen.

Devon Porter, the author, is here today to answer a round of book festival questions, and or course, to award a copy of his book to one Backdoor Survival reader.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Devon Porter, Author of “After the Crumble”

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book’s synopsis is as follows:

“Our future has crumbled. In the late 2020s, the grid finally flickered out for the last time, succumbing to attacks from a newly formed Resistance, fuel scarcity, and general entropy. It is now the year 2037 and many have died, with the few that managed to escape death solely concerned with their daily survival. Gavin Collier is one of those lucky few, but survival alone isn’t enough for him anymore. Recognizing that the meaning of life didn’t crumble along with the rest of the world, he embarks on a dangerous and personal journey for reasons that few can understand. After leaving his home for the first time in years, Gavin must commit murder in order to save his life, only surviving through good luck and sheer force of will.

The series of events that follow will alter Gavin’s life forever. He finds true love for the first time, and when his love makes the journey to join Gavin at his family farm, the violence and evil of the outside world follows her there. Renewed by hope and the power of love, Gavin will do whatever it takes to protect his future wife and the remaining members of his beloved family, as the dangerous forces close in on his cherished farm and small community.

Gavin’s family had been surviving with little help from the outside world, but now they must come together with their neighbors to fight for their land and those they love. Personalities clash, lives are lost, and fear is inescapable. They all must struggle to keep their humanity in this new, brutal world. Gavin knows that they must prevail at all costs, and keep the flames of freedom and faith burning during one of humanity’s darkest times. Doing so is the only way to make life worth living, and worth something more than just survival.”

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

Lots of reading. I’ve read a large amount of fiction and non-fiction from who I call the ‘Three Wise Men of the Slow Collapse Movement” – James Howard Kunstler, John Michael Greer, and Derrick Jensen.

These are some of the greatest thinkers of our time, and all three have different names for what we’re facing. They use terms like “The Long Descent,” and “The Long Emergency,” but basically they’re talking about the “Crumble,” i.e. the slow collapse of industrial civilization.

How long did it take to write?

It took about a year to write ATC and another 6 months to edit it with the help of Prepper Press.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading yours?

My message is that not only is the slow collapse of industrial civilization not a bad thing, it’s the only chance for humanity to survive the next hundred years.

Industrial civilization is killing our bodies, our spirits, and the planet. As the government/corporate oligarchy (A.K.A. The machine) continues to grow in size and power, it kills our freedoms as well.

The Crumble will ultimately kill the machine, which is good news for all of us, and those who come after us.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I live in Virginia and work in the corporate world. After spending my youth eating junk food and living in a techno-narcissistic haze, I almost died due to a serious digestive condition brought on by my unhealthy lifestyle. After several months in the hospital, upon my release, I began researching the industrial food system, big agriculture, and the effects of processed food on the human body.

Shocked at the fragile and toxic state of farming across the planet, I began prepping and growing my own food. I currently raise chickens, blueberries, and pork, using natural techniques.

After studying slow collapse theory, I came to the conclusion that the Crumble is happening now, and will continue to accelerate in the years to come. I believe that population pressure, resource scarcity, hyper-complexity, and environmental degradation will continue to intensify, until the creaking machine of industrial civilization is finally brought to a halt.

I’ve loved post-apocalyptic fiction and science fiction all of my life. I hope to show with my work that in this new post-industrial world we’re entering into, we’ll have new jobs to do, and new stories to tell. We can leave the planet a better place for our kids, and keep the bright beacons of hope, freedom, and knowledge burning, for all of the generations that come after us.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I started prepping around 2005, with a focus on being ready for an EMP.

After a few years of prepping for that and developing skills and the correct mindset, I modified my prepping to be ready for a long, drawn-out collapse, like what happened to Rome. (The key difference between industrial civilization and Roman civilization is that while Rome took 500 years to collapse, industrial civilization will collapse in 50 years.)

Our civilization is more fragile and brittle than Rome’s ever was, because of our overwhelming dependence on technology and cheap energy). So, in short, I now prepare for the Crumble. My focus is on security, livestock, and permaculture gardening.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

For fiction, John Michael Greer’s Twilight’s Last Gleaming and Star’s Reach give a great sense of our future, and the World Made By Hand series by James Howard Kunstler is also well-told and realistic.

Do you have plans for another book?

After the Crumble will be the first book in a series. I’m currently working on After the Crumble II: Legends, which will be released in fall 2015.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Enjoy the book, and thank you all for your support!

The Giveaway

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Devon’s book is about life after the “Crumble”.  His crumble aligns somewhat with what I have termed a “disruptive event”.  The difference is that by my own definition, a disruptive event may be short or long term in nature.  The crumble is most definitely long term.

At the beginning of the book, Gavin, the lead character rescues a small dog from the woods.  The little dog was dirty, hungry, and disheveled. She was not bred for life in the wild.  That gave me pause, because, at the end of the day, neither are we.

After the Crumble takes a haunting look at what our world will look like ten years after the grid goes down. Let us hope it never gets to that.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  After the Crumble by Devon Porter

Our future has crumbled. In the late 2020s, the grid finally flickered out for the last time, succumbing to attacks from a newly formed Resistance, fuel scarcity, and general entropy. It is now the year 2037 and many have died, with the few that managed to escape death solely concerned with their daily survival.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the books mentioned by today’s author.

Twilight’s Last Gleaming:  A chilling high-concept geo-political thriller where a declining United States and a resurgent China come to the brink of all out nuclear war. Also by John Michael Greer, Star’s Reach: A Novel Of The Deindustrial Future.

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Non-Fiction

Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own
The Organic Canner
The NEW 2000-Hour Flashlight
The Garden Pool – Feed Your Family From Your Backyard Ecosystem
Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst
Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook – Version 12.5
The Prepper’s Financial Guide
Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake
The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present
Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required: An Everyday Approach to Disaster Preparedness

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Fiction

After the Crumble
A Time to Endure (Strengthen What Remains)
Aftermath: A Story of Survival
Resurrecting Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Game Changer

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.


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Updated Nov 6, 2016
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68 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 8: After the Crumble”

  1. Well within the realm of probability. Can’t wait to read. I agree, reading fiction is not only entertaining, but beneficial for prepping.

  2. I look to these books as part of our being prepared for the inevitable situations we will have to live thru. That and great websites like yours!

  3. I think that civil unrest and the economic collapse of the country will start the crumble.

  4. I enjoy a good book with twists and turns and trials. Helps me to think about the possibilities and the struggles that would inevitably face us. Makes you think outside the box and look for the challenges that aren’t on the surface. Thanks for the interview and the introduction of the book!

  5. Social and ecomonical (sp) collapse is what may happen. I enjoy reading most of the books that deal with this subject matter.

  6. I’m thinking our dollar is going to collapse on the world market. If we cant print money to buy the things we need in other countries, then we are in the crapper.

  7. Considering the research this should be excellent!

  8. I think this will be a good read. Based on what is happening now, I certainly feel we might be a similar situation before too long.

  9. Monetary collapse due to national, state and local debt

  10. I agree it’s already started in slooow motion and will gather steam throughout the rest of the year.

  11. in my opinion what will cause the crumble.. boy that is a loaded question.. could it be that our nations leaders have been dispersing money that should have been used to rebuild our infrastructure. what is it they said.. we haven’t dealt with it since 1950 or.. and is in such serious shape that all it would take is one incident to start the collapse.. or could it be the trillions of dollars that are being hidden in offshore accounts and not taxed by the elite and large corporations.. or maybe the fact that we have outsourced our industry to other countries leaving our industrial complex shut down.. the last time I read is it would take a minimum of five years to retool back into being ready to produce.. Or could it be war.. famine from drought only 34 percent of our food is produced here.. there are so many area’s.. I actually think it will be a tiered failure collapse.. financial will start it all.. then each card will start to fall over. we are weak because we have sent our military to so many areas of the world rather than fix our nation so we are vulnerable here at home..

    • Makes sense to me.

  12. Jobs going overseas and our increasing dependence on other nations will come to be our demise. Then while being so dependent on others, we’ll be attacked be our enemies and forced to produce for ourselves again.

  13. We are well on our way to social and economic collapse. Tax dollars being spent on military while our infrastructure crumbles… this once great nation is in danger of becoming a dim and distant memory. So sad.

  14. I would so love to win this book. I miss post apocalyptic fiction because I’m currently using my prepping budget to improve my survival bags.

    First of all I agree that crumble is already happening. One of the issues is the current racial conflicts involving the police. In my opinion there have been too many occurances to call it a coincidence. I think that people of all races are on edge because of our slowly collapsing economy and unemployment. But on top of that, I think there is an unknown element fanning the flames. Throughout history, we find people absorbed by one issue, while ignoring an even bigger one. This sleight of hand is a well-known political tool. The issue of police brutality is a severely damaging issue that must stop. But I still ask, what issue are we missing while tensions run high over race?

    • Bread and circuses…the Romans perfected the slight of hand, or did the US media?

  15. Economic collapse followed by social unrest.

  16. An economic collapse will do it.

  17. This sounds very interesting & I will definitely be picking this up.

  18. Economic collapse, with someone like Russia or North Korea taking advantage and using an EMP attack will start the crumble and turn off the lights.

  19. I believe our monetary system has been imploding for years, and is now on a fast track. When it finally succumbs, those who depend on handouts (or just don’t know how to take care of themselves) will take matters into their own hands, and it will not be pretty.

  20. Plague, war, EMP, Financial co lapse I.. We are living in a fragil time

  21. I would love this book to read. I think people are going to be in for a rude awakening if they don’t get prepared for the unexpected. Great article Gaye.

  22. Personally I think it will come from too many of our freedoms being taken away and the government imposing it’s will upon us.This will lead to some rebellion and “civil unrest” which will topple the house of cards that we have now.
    I look forward to winning the copy of this book and reading about another’s opinion of what the future might hold (even if it is fiction).

  23. Many have already commented on it, but I think it will start with the crumbling of our economy. Eventually, the house of cards comes tumbling down. Then when our guard is down from that those countries that we are enemies with will take the chance to strike. One other theory, that I’ve only just heard of is that the spread of Islam will have taken over all of Europe and will be spread through most of the U.S. and the call for Jihad occurs, all will respond, with an internal implosion. Scary thoughs. I hope I’m wrong on all accounts.

  24. There are many different things to start things going down hill. I think that it has already started and quite some time ago.

  25. A crumble seems to signify a slower or gradual collapse as against an EMP which would be immediate. I think it would come about because man has overwhelmed and abused the planet and everything in our everyday lives. And gradually services, manufacturing, and food supply will just crumble. And I believe this crumble is already in progress. Unfortunately, our government is helping this crumble along.

  26. Greed, stupidity and the willingness of many to look away from the issues.

  27. I believe that it will be because of economic collapse and war with another country.

  28. After the Crumble….. Looking forward to it. …..the BOOK that is . 🙂

  29. Totally simplistic..but the arrogance of men will precipitate the crumble…sad to say….

  30. I believe the cause of the Crumble has already happened and we are at the cusp of this disaster.

  31. I can’t wait to read this book!

  32. IMHO,(emphasis on the H) I believe that our county’s finances are already crumbling. Those of us in the know, are already aware that ch*na already basically owns us. Now with J*de H*lm 15 going on things are becoming frighteningly clear. I mean think about how our armed forces traditionally name things, like operation desert storm, ya know… storming missiles into the desert. So lets think a minute, um Jade is notoriously associated with ch*na. and helm is the place of control. year is 15?? anyway time for me to STFU!

  33. What will instigate the collapse? Another idiot in the white house.

  34. I love reading these kinds of books! They may be fiction, but we can glean alot of useful info from them. Look forward to reading it,hopefully I can win it!

    • I love reading these kinds of books! They may be fiction, but we can glean alot of useful info from them. Look forward to reading it,hopefully I can win it! What will instigate the next collapse? Economy,war (foreign or domestic) or natural global disaster(super volcano,major earthquake).

  35. The economy. Too much debt, too much printing of money, too little responsibility from our leaders.

  36. Economy will begin the crumble.. I wonder how it plays out in the book. Look forward to reading it.

  37. The social and economic unrest will lead to a Civil War in the near future. What’s up with all the government agencies buying so many rounds of ammunition ?

  38. I think that it will be an economical problem that will cause the collapse.

  39. I believe the collapse will be caused by an economic calamity. There is way too much debt worldwide to continue as we have been. Or another feasible scenario could be an EMP detonated in the skies above.

  40. What is causing the collapse/Crumble? The Greed,apathy and the sense of entitlement some have that is growing everyday.The attitudes of the elected officials, more concerned with pandering to the elite(rich) and trying to keep their cushy status than doing what’s right all under the guise of “Partisan Politics”. The spoiled brat children who want it all but are not willing to work for it. The increasing violence here and around the world.

  41. I believe an economic collapse and/or EMP will begin the crumble

  42. I will read avidly – thanks!

  43. There many factors that could contribute to the crumble. I subscribe to the theory of America being Babylon from the Bible. In this case the country will be attacked from the north and the south (most likely by the Russians) and will burn in an hour. Only nuclear bombs could cause the entire country to burn in an hour. Get out of the country if you can.

  44. I think a likely event to precipitate a ‘crumble’ is the collapse of the dollar.

  45. Everyone I talk with feels like something is about to happen. And not for the good. Maybe I should start hanging out with other folks? I would love to get the book. Thanks.

  46. I believe it will be an economic collapse or an EMP.

  47. Political,(all parties),and economical collapse. Is inevitable, and will happen. The only way to be prepared, is to be free from dependency on fossil fuels, have back up plans, and alternatives, in place and ready to be activated. Learn the skills our ancestors had, and live as they did. It will be easier this time, because we know more than they did, yet it will still be a hard life, one that will defeat most people, because of their lack of strength, and their unwillingness to do actual, hard labor. The lack of knowledge, in how to grow, and raise their own food. Etc…

  48. Just looking at the past I would also say it is the economy and an economic disaster that starts the crumble. We’re seeing it right now in other countries.

  49. I love this genre. It is a great adventure while being eye opening and educational.

  50. Our crumble will be the fall of our power grid. Its outdated, venerable and over capacity usage. The billions of dollars to fix or upgrade it will not get approved at least not for quite a while, too busy spending money on unimportant things.

  51. I think it will be an economic collapse, deliberately triggered. And that will be just the beginning.

  52. Political/economic crisis, social/civil unrest, EMP…. Take your pick – they are all looming.

  53. interesting book. Would e a useful tool to teach others survivalism.

  54. Disease, unable to control crowds, EMP’s, economic collapse.

  55. Seems like an interesting way to look at a possible future.

  56. It is being instigated now.

  57. We’re already crumbling, in my opinion, and I think the few things that just might tip us over the edge are entering into several more wars fronts, attacks on our power grids or an EMP event (solar flare maybe), or the world coming off the US currency as the reserve currency for oil, etc. Several countries have already gone this way…Russia & China.

  58. I have a feeling that the “Crumble” has indeed already started. Ever-increasing “national debt”, increasing commodity prices while wages don’t increase, the growing number of people living on government “entitlement programs”, all these are contributing. I’m just afraid that it will come before I have time to get my loved ones ready…

  59. I love reading the prepper books, fact or fiction I always learn something that will help me with my prepping.

  60. The “crumble” could happen overnight with an EMP attack, or EMP event from the sun.
    Even if an EMP does not happen, the path the government’s of the world are following will lead to the infrastructure slowly collapsing, at which point people will begin to fight back, bringing the collapse more quickly.

  61. Looking forward to reading the books you recommend. Thanks for all you do.

  62. When electricity is no longer supplied.

  63. I think we may see a rise of the lower/middle economic classes due to the vast difference in wealth between the 99 and the 1%. Sabotage might become common and result in the crumbling of our fragile infrastructure

  64. Some of the factors contributing to “The Crumble” will be (some already beginning): 1) economic instability, 2) vulnerability of the grid, financial, and governmental institutions to cyber attacks, and 3)a government not performing its appropriate functions and performing inappropriate functions.

  65. All of the above…


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