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I've read a lot of Post Apoc books and enjoy the genre immensly, but I do find that most of the books are alike and while this kind of follows the same principals of the genre, I actually found myself loving this book and thinking it was one of the best I've read in a while!!
I think one thing that made me love the book was the characters. Even though they aren't as fleshed out as I usually like, I still connected with each one. Elliot was my favourite. My heart broke for his situation. He is a homeless man, with a family that cares for him, but his PTS was so bad that he feared for his families safety and left. Living on the streets is tough and Elliot just wants a quite life, but when he is arrested on New Years Eve, and thrown into a van with 3 others, Jesse, Maggie and Damon, he feels like his life can't get any worse, but it's about to!! Before the count down can finish, a plane falls from the sky into the crowd. Initially thinking it's a terrorist attack, but realising that there are no phones working, Elliot and his unlikely companions know that this is only the beginning. They have to leave the city before things get bad!! Each of the characters have a story and a past and each of them have to forge a bond in order for them to survive.
The plot was fast paced and quite scary. It starts with introducing us to the main characters and letting us get to know a little about them and how they came to be together. We also get to meet a woman and her kids that live near Lake Placid. She is prepared a little for certain scenarios as her husband had written down tips and things to do in the case of emergencies, but it still hits hard when she realises what has happened. It moves back and forth between Elliot and his unlikely group and the woman and her kids. Things go down hill very fast and the authors descriptive writing makes it feel so real and scary. There were parts of the story that I was on the edge of my seat for, especially with the bunker part!! You will have to read it to see!!
In all, this was a surprisingly great read!! There's more I want to say about it but I don't want to spoil anything. It was well written and developed and I was engrossed in the story right from the start. The ending isn't a cliff hanger but still makes me really eager for the next one.
Kevin Pierce is a pro at narrating books like this. He is clear, concise and easy to listen to, and always delivers a great performance. It's no different here!! Great performance and I loved his portrayal of Elliot.
I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
There are a lot of books out there in this genre. This one has a good mix of prepared, unprepared and clueless characters. The mix is interesting with all four of the main characters bringing something to the table. Obviously trust amongst strangers is tough, even more so in a collapse situation. There is a lot of back story that develops as the overall story progresses through the collapse. It works effectively to explain motives and actions. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Kevin Pierce narrates this effortlessly and with his usual style that makes him a fixture in this genre.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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