Friday, 9 February 2018

Book Review ~ Year One by Nora Roberts

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

All I need to say is; WOW!
It was nail biting, edge of your seat reading. I loved every second of it, even if I cried more than once, or twice.

I’ve read a lot of Nora Roberts so far, she is just one of those authors that I know I’m going to love, no matter what book of hers I pick up. And trust me, she has published a lot of books. So, when I saw her new book was released, I dropped everything to read it.
I was told from the start that it isn’t like her other work, and I have to agree 110%. Even though the writing is the same, and I can recognise it without seeing who the author is, it was not the same story she has told countless times before. For one, there was a lot of death.

I think the story is a good one, even if it has been told before. What if a “disease” or “virus” went around killing people, no cure to help them? The ones not affected, how would life go on, law and order, everyday life?
You also see people for who they really are, either evil or kind. And in this case, dark or light.
There were a few times that I hated the human race, but majority of the time, we can be amazing.

There were a few characters that I fell in love with, mainly Eddie and his dog Joe. I don’t want to say too much of these characters because it will give away a lot of the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone, even though I get really nervous recommending books to people. What if they don’t like it? Ugh, the pressure… first world problems, I know.

Now hurry up December, I need book two ASAP!
Which means a re-read. Which isn’t all that bad.

My star rating is (of course):

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