Interesting Post Apocalyptic Story,
This review is from: The Survivors: Book One (Life After War) (Kindle Edition)The Survivors paints a vivid image of a post apocalyptic society in the few weeks after the catastrophe. It starts with the nuclear attacks taking place as the result of the actions of some rogue individuals rather than states at war, and the inevitable retaliation as the countries on the receiving end of the ICBMs launch their own at the USA. The first part of the book when this is occurring is rather disjointed as the action flashes from one event to another, but this works well and by about page 30 or 40 the reader is well on board with the scenario.
I thought there were faint echoes of Stephen King's dystopian epic, The Stand, since we have one group of survivors gathering together under a charismatic leader, Adrian, who appear essentially good, and another sinister group led by the Mexican, Cesar. There are also fantasy aspects in both books. At its most simplistic, it is a clear divide of good versus evil and I presume that at some stage the two will violently collide. It is clear this is the first book in a series since interesting characters appear who do not really connect with the main story, but who it appears will be key in the future, and at the end of this book there is unfinished business.
A major publishing company would consider this book to be in raw manuscript form, and would set about copy editing it, generally tidying it all up and probably rationalising it to some extent. However, here we have the story in its original form, warts and all. This is clearly going to irritate some readers, to the extent that they may find it difficult to complete. However, I was quickly able to go with the flow and concentrate on the story line rather than any imperfections. I have certainly read plenty of professionally produced books which were nothing like as interesting, so I have ignored this factor in rating this book.
As previously mentioned, this book starts off strongly. Then we get into looking at how individuals are getting on in this lawless, tainted environment as they make their way through a landscape strewn with corpses, have to deal with mutated insects and are in a constant struggle to find food and shelter and survive. This section which runs up to about half way works better in some chapters which are quite absorbing, than in others which are less so. After that the strong story line takes over and it is a fairly compelling read. Personally I was not too sure about the fantasy element. It works to a degree, but I did not think it was essential for the story.
So to summarise, overall I did enjoy this tale. I imagine the main test is whether I will be reading the next instalment, and I was certainly sufficiently engaged that I will be looking out for it.