"Kavadlo’s chapters are well-written and thoughtful. I have used some of these chapters in media criticism classes. . . . . This is an engaging critical analysis of American culture in the wake of terrorism and 9/11. It not only adds much to the scholarly discussion surrounding terror in our cultural narratives and cultural consciousness, but it is also a book that could add a lot to classroom discussions pertaining to the pervasiveness of American representations of terror, alternative narrative structures in television, or how culture affects popular culture narratives. His writing is accessible enough for undergraduate students while complex and thorough enough for any graduate student or advanced scholar."
"Writing about the 'era of terror,' Jesse Kavadlo strikes just the right note: the abortive rhyme of that phrase seems to promise the comfort of periodization yet leaves an aural residue of disquiet. His mind well-stocked, his eye attentive to significant detail and big picture alike, the author explores a satisfying range of texts—those grappling directly with the horror of 9/11, as well as those imbued with a dread traceable to that climacteric. Featuring substantial consideration of such disparate yet related material as the Lost television series and the Hunger Games and Twilight books and movies, not to mention the Dark Knight trilogy and the fictions of Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, and Chuck Palahniuk, Kavadlo’s study of the 9/11 legacy in our popular and literary culture is not only wide-ranging—it is informed, entertaining, insightful, learned, and highly, highly readable."
"Jesse Kavadlo’s masterful study of post-9/11 terror exposes the deep fear and anguish at the heart of contemporary popular culture. With spellbinding writing and broad research, Kavadlo shows us the links between terror and the fear of a dystopian future. This is cultural criticism at its finest—reaching meaningfully into the past to chart a pathway for the future."
Skillful and smart, this book is both an accessible and welcome addition to the literature on post-9/11 media and culture. One of the few books to seamlessly discuss trends across novels, comics, film, television, and other popular culture, Kavadlo deftly engages what it means to live in a world that has been indelibly changed, and is constantly attempting to work through those changes in ways that we don’t always expect."
"An important addition to post-9/11 popular culture studies, this excellent study will be beneficial to scholars and classrooms in a range of disciplines. The insights are necessary and valuable, the examples from popular culture are interesting and wide-ranging, and the conclusions are original and illuminating. It is certain to stimulate reflection and lively discussion on the rhetoric of terror in media and literature."