Caroline is 14 and a runner for her community. Her job is to discover any threats to the village and warn them. Usually the only threat comes from Republicons, groups of dissenters who travel around raiding villages. Today will not be a usual day. The United States has survived an apocalypse and is now divided into the DAV’s and the PRV’s. Caroline’s village is in PRV territory. The two governments have had a treaty in place for hundreds of years that has prevented them from attacking each other. Until today…today Caroline hears drumbeats while on patrol, the beats of war drums. Then she finds Finn, a DAV deserter and he confirms her worst fear. DAV is attacking PRV with an army of 50,000 men. Caroline runs to warn her village only to find it is too late for everybody to get away. As she views the carnage and finds herself a captive of the DAV, she realizes that the villagers have been betrayed and she’s the only one left who can lead the survivors.
This is a great YA post-apocalyptic story. I especially enjoyed Caroline. She is complex and engaging. On the brink of adulthood, she is thrown into a life or death situation that she feels ill-prepared for. Within a few hours, everyone she loves is dead and she’s responsible for a group of refugees. Her development as a person as the story progresses is just as fascinating as the story itself. The author has also created a great supporting cast. The story starts with a bang and the action just keeps coming. This book is a great choice for teen readers and young adult fiction fans.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is plagued by rain. People are living in small villages on whatever high ground can be found and a day when it is not raining is cause for celebration. Tess and Mabel are sisters who have been orphaned and do what they can to survive. Mabel, as the oldest, feels responsible for Tess, so when Tess takes off on her own one day, Mabel panics. Has something bad happened to Tess?
I found this story fascinating. As a post-apocalyptic story, I found the idea of a world where it constantly rained to be a new one. This is a short book and so the author puts you right in the middle of the drama from the start. I liked the characters of Tess and Mabel from the beginning, and the author definitely left me curious as to where the story would go in future installments. This is a great story for when your short on time.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!
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Theo and his friends are just teenagers who want to spend a weekend at the Jersey Shore. Their biggest concern is how to talk to girls, assuming they even get one to notice them. They’re not scholars, just average Joes, looking forward to their final year of high school. When a car full of cute girls passes them on the highway they can only hope to run into them again. The boys can’t believe their luck when they and the girls all end up at the same pizza joint for dinner. Then, while walking and enjoying the evening air the whole world changes. A huge storm rolls over the island and the friends will soon find out that Atlantic City is now just an island with no other land or civilization in sight. This group will have to grow up fast as a vicious dictator takes over and Theo suddenly finds himself leading a rebellion.
This book will draw you in fast and keep you engaged until the very end. I love that Theo and his friends are just ordinary kids. No superstars or superheroes here. No magical powers flowing through their veins. They must become creative and resourceful in order to make a life for themselves in this new reality, and they must stay true to each other. This is an alternate reality, apocalyptic story with great characters and plenty of action. The story will probably be most attractive to teens and young adults because the heroes are teenagers but there’s plenty here for readers of all ages. This is the first book in a series and does leave you with unanswered questions. There are some descriptions of violence that may not be appropriate for sensitive readers but overall a very good read.
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