Let's get one thing straight: I truly believe that a good idea lives within every book. It's how the idea is executed that can make or break the final story. I believe that the idea of One Second After is, quite honestly, a really good one. An EMP is probably a pretty real threat (but I'm not a scientist, so I wouldn't know), and I'm intrigued by the whole concept of how humanity would survive in a world without electricity. The Stand is one of my favorite novels. World War Z was entertaining, and yeah, while it was about zombies, the situations presented were fairly plausible. The theory (that an EMP wipes out America) of One Second After is certainly a plausible one. And it's fascinating. It really is. This being said, the execution? Not so good.
My deepest grievance, however, is that the author seems not to know the difference between using "of" and "have", as in passages such as "It must of cost a fortune", "An accident must of shut it down", "You might not of seen it", "You think they'd of seen this coming", "I'd of used it if you hadn't showed up", etc., etc., etc. I nearly stopped reading because of this grammatical embarrassment which occurred over and over and over again. This author has apparently written more than 40 books and won an award for a young adult novel titled We Look Like Men of War. Hard to believe, given the lack of grammatical control found in the pages of One Second After.
In many cases, the One Second Slicer is dangerous. This is because the sharp stainless steel blades are located right on the top of each container where they can easily cut your hands. You should always beware of the blades.