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- Publisher: Radden Press; 1 edition (11 Aug. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MN5X0LG
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a good read. Really gripping in parts. But not enough for me to purchase the following two books. I enjoy the post apocalyptic setting and style, I may purchase the books when they... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel
A very good read. Kept me entertained all the way through. Can't wait to buy the next saga. Might even buy the set.Published 4 months ago by oldgreywatcher
First book of this genre I've read and i enjoyed it very much and look forward to the follow upsPublished 5 months ago by ian mcquilliam
An enthralling read from cover to cover, a very imaginative take on post-apocalptic fiction. I'm looking forward to the release of Brink!Published 20 months ago by Patrick Mayer
Ruin is a great beginning for the series, and also for Harry Manners.
It is very much how you would expect a post-apocalyptic future to unfold and its realism makes it... Read more
I like Harry Manners' writing style! His world building and approach was yet again interesting, but the ending left me...with questions. Lots of them. Read morePublished on 10 April 2015 by Sam Mcdonald
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book doesn't have spelling mistakes or bad grammar, and he's not a bad writer, I'm just not... Read more
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