A surprising book! When I first received this book to review, I thought it was going to be just another story of war. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a complex and well-crafted story, with engaging characters. Yes, there is war and military action scenes but this book is about much more than that. The book begins with each chapter focusing on a different character’s story as we begin to see that a crop plague has been released on the world and society falls into anarchy. What is original here is the way that author portrays well-developed characters, such as Paine, Marcus, and Ashley, in their own stories but he brings them all together as the story continues and the connections between them are surprising as they become known. This book is the first in a series. The story has a somewhat open end which makes you want to keep reading the series, but it is also complete in itself. If you like stories with military action than this one will be a good choice for you. There is also a lot of futuristic technology used which will also be interesting to some readers.