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Ruin (The Ruin Saga Book 1) by [Manners, Harry]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Ruin Saga (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Radden Press; 1 edition (11 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MN5X0LG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,261 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The premise of the story line was good, proof reading fairly good, but the quality of the writing itself was not there for me. There were moments I could have skipped whole chapters without feeling I'd lost any contribution to the story, the scene setting was long winded and overly verbose, leaving me with the impression there was a word count requirement to be met. A lot of the time I was left feeling incredible bored with the story, which is a shame as I stated the premise for the story line is good. The protagnists were again good, hopefully developed further with greater depth in the following books. Throughout the story the theme of a secret/s about to be revealed the hints being dropped we're not strong enough to hold my attention. I will not be reading the follow up books. I wish the author well in honing his talent further.
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I was taken by surprise with this story as I was expecting merely an interesting alternate take on the post apocalyptic tale. It started fairly normally, if the sudden, almost instantaneous disappearance of nearly all of the world's population, leaving behind just piles of clothes, can be counted as normal. But after following the first known survivor in his quest to survive in the world now completely alien, and meeting others also spared the evaporation (or whatever), this whirlwind book spins ever faster and more strange, moving into an almost dreamlike quality and carrying the reader with it, constantly provoking the questions, who, why, how did this happen, what is going on?
It is quite unlike any other of it's ilk that I have read. And as someone else has commented, it is also refreshing that the setting is the United Kingdom.
I did find some problems with it such as the over use of hairs raising on the character's arms and neck, the always filth coated, fowl breathed bad guys and the apparent inability of anyone to really get any technological advances after 40 years despite having vast libraries of books and materials at their disposal. And my own personal bugbear - the use of the word decimate used not in the correct form of one in ten but as an expression of almost complete annihilation.
But the story is so deliciously bizarre and genuinely exciting in parts that it was possible to simply overlook such things as poetic licence.
Four stars, then, because of these foibles and because I am genuinely expecting that I will need an extra star for the next in this series.
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Come on now, dystopia, again?


Dystopia decidedly different.

I've been a bookworm since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I've been a fan of sci-fi and horror since I was a teen (centuries ago, I'm 47) and in the last couple of years have become a big fan of dystopian stories.

This one intrigued me for two reasons - the author is British (as am I, despite that I live over here in the US) and the mechanism of this world-changing event is rather unique. No zombies, no plague, no bombs, just a quiet disappearance of most of the population.

How and with who the author starts the story really had me hooked. The main story takes place 40 years after this start, however, we are gifted with some of the best flashbacks (interludes here) I've read. Such a trope can be annoying in a story. Here it was anything but. Each time it added weight to the "now" and fleshed out the characters more whilst building up one of the big, bad mysteries today's survivors are dealing with.

As one might imagine, what we are mainly dealing with is humanity in all its ugliness but also its strength and drive to survive. Interestingly, one gets a sense (most of the time) that people actually value life now and don't throw it away easily.

There is a side-story that stretched the suspension of disbelief a little too far though I quickly came to care for the characters and I'm looking forward to how this piece will develop and tie in with the main arc.

Our main protagonist, Norman, is also a little unusual. He was born after the event so has no real experience of life before.
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Post-apocalyptic fiction is popular at the moment – so popular, in fact, that it takes a great deal for a post-apocalyptic story to stand out from the crowd. We've become well aquainted with zombie apocalypses, nuclear apocalypses, and more recently ecological apocalypses. What Harry Manners offers with his debut novel, Ruin, is something a little different.

Ruin tells the story of Great Britain in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event known simply as the End. For reasons unknown, the vast majority of Britain's population – and that of the world – completely disappeared, leaving no trace. Every electronic device also stopped working at that moment. The few survivors who remained found the world a very different place.

It's a story of brutal realities and conflict, but some great characters underpin the narrative. Alex, a visionary leader who aims to salvage what he can of the Old World and bring education and technology to the scattered people of Britain, is deeply conflicted but is regarded as something of a messiah by his followers. Then there's Norman, trained by Alex to eventually act as his successor, but Norman is plagued by feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. Alex's mission is a major driving force behind the plot. He has worked tirelessly for decades to keep the light of civilisation burning, but when famine devastates the land even that may not be enough. I did, however, feel that the female characters in Ruin were a little less well developed.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the sense of mystery and destiny that the author skilfully weaves into the narrative. There are more questions than answers at the end – an effective cliffhanger leading to the second book, Brink, although the novel works as a standalone.
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