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Day One by Nate Kenyon

I’m a huge fan of books with slightly psychotic characters and weird endings. So I definitely enjoyed this one! It had my eyeballs glued to the page (like to the point where it was SUPER LATE AND MY EYES WERE BURNING but I couldn’t stop reading) and I wanted answers dangit. Aaaall the answers.

Likes:
• A kind of apocalyptic city vibe, where I was 99% sure NO ONE COULD BE TRUSTED.
• John was a really SAD person and I felt for him a lot. His life just got worse and WORSE as the book went on. (as his history unraveled anyways)
• THE ENDING WAS PRETTY MUCH WOAH and there were still several elements that were totally shocking!
• The writing was really easy and comfortable to read and I gobbled the book up super fast.
• It features loads of unreliable technology that keeps you paranoid.

Dislikes
• Some of the technical aspects about computer hacking bored me to death and there were at times where paragraph after paragraphs centered around it.
• Some side characters majorly annoyed me with some of their life choices during this whole scenario..
• Possibly a little farfetched? I get it. A computer that can completely think for itself and control THE WORLD. That’s right, the whole damn world but nothing else in this world seems to be that advanced.
• Oh, and another thing, there are like 8 million people who live in New York and they quite literally disappear in this book and our characters encounter maybe 40 people total.

All in all: it’s definitely a good, creepy and solid apocalyptic mystery! It has a good ending and very sketchy characters (LIKE SERIOUSLY DON’T TRUST ANYONE!)

3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Thank you Nate for sending me a copy to review.

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The Reset by Daniel Powell

SYNOPSIS:

A young man with a terrible secret buried deep in his chest staggers through what remains of the American South. The destruction is total—the landscape scrubbed bare by the fires of the Reset. The sun rarely penetrates the daily ash storms, and the last of the Earth’s plants and animals are slowly dying out.

And yet, there are survivors. Benjamin Stone is one of them, and he’s searching for the only person who can share his pain, another who was biologically altered at birth to become a weapon capable of bringing the world to its knees. Outside of the few supplies that sustain him in his search for a new life, he has nothing.

Nothing but a will to survive and the desire to find someplace safe—someplace better.

The Reset is a story of perseverance. It examines a future in which fragmentation and devolution have decimated society, and in which terrorism represents the final desperate attempt at shuffling the deck. With thematic elements similar to Stephen King’s The Stand and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, it’s a post-apocalyptic story about the survivors of humanity’s cruelest intentions, and their essential impulse to rebuild.

MY REVIEW:

Overall a VERY good, realistic, and well detailed post apocalyptic story set about 30-40 years into the future. This is a great read with fully developed characters, quick pace, nice action and a hook to keep you looking forward to the next chapter. I loved the description of the dystopian cities and the mental strength of the main characters in there journey to survive and their inner thoughts are brought out and you end up caring about them.

The story line is believable and draws you in from the start and keeps your attention all the way through. The flow is smooth and easy to follow but there are parts in the book that I skim read when it would go into detail about the “science experiments” (No spoilers) and how the Reset occurred in the first place. I couldn’t get into those parts unfortunately. It seemed to go on and on a bit too long.

If you are looking for a good post apocalyptic book, that gives a new version of the end of the world, you have found it! I would recommend this to anyone who loves these types of books! Very well-written and a quick, easy read.

5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you Daniel for sending me a copy to review.

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Threnody by Kirk Withrow

Threnody is all about a man named John Wild who finds himself in the apocalypse that he does not belong in. Seriously. He has worse luck than Drake from the Uncharted video game series. He can’t take one step without tripping and causing an array of noise that scatters across the wasteland. Come on John.. At least with your clumsiness, it lead to a ton of suspense!

Luckily he meets a friend, Reams, early on and the two likable heroes travel together hoping to grasp what is left of there personal lives.

The book was a little slow for me at first… Or maybe it just made ME slow. Those big sciencey words man.. It brought Google and I much closer.

The world-building was good enough to keep me interested. I love how the author gives such great detail about the zombies, or in this case ‘revs’. It gave emotion and meaning to them unlike other zombie books. I found myself super interested in all the revs back stories that they came across. My favorite part about this book is that there are stories being told by different characters. You get to follow them through all their trials and you’re with them while they fight for their lives.

The only big problem I had with the book, after reading the synopsis, was one of the characters that I thought was going to be a big part of the book, Dr Lin San but you barely hear from this character at all.
I still highly recommend this book and I will be following all future books by Kirk Withrow.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Kirk for sending me a copy to review.

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