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Gripping dystopian thriller
on 4 September 2012
Redaction: Extinction Level Event is a gripping apocalyptic tale of survival, courage and horror.
The writing at times reminded me of JR Ward Fallen Angels series, with POV alternating between the main characters. We get to be inside the head of the main female lead, Mavis, a biological warfare specialist who knows more than anyone about what is going on, David, the soldier and his unit of brave men trying to save the remaining of humanity, Trent, a serial killer and a seriously scary villain,and Manny, a latino post-teen who is trying to save his siblings.
Firstly, Mavis, the female protagonist, was a really refreshing change from the teen heroines of the usual dystopias. 42 years old, with a dead husband and son, of military background, Mavis is a solid strong, rational woman and not an angst ridden, unpredictable teenager. I loved the blooming relationship bewteen her and the Sergeant Major David Dawson, 45, a male of honor and as simple as they come. Again, a really refreshing change from the brooding teens of other dystopias. He is a real man and it is a pleasure seeing love blooming in the midst of doomsday. The crew of supporting characters is so well fleshed out, you are really hoping Linda Andrews wont pull a RR Martin and kill them all off in the end, despite the seeming low odds in their favor. The human race is on the verge of extinction and we follow the brave survivors as they try to find a safe place to regroup and gather the remaining humanity for the day after.
The writing is great, apart from some long descriptions, that work, however, to really paint the grim picture of the end of days. I soon found myself totally engrossed and worried about the futures of the heroes of the book. And the killer in the midst is so creepy, adding a dark, seedy kind of horror in the overall apocalyptic horror that is the infection, the death, the violence from gangs looting the cities, the rats infestation and the looming nuclear meltdown that the survivors are trying to escape.
What a grim, scary scenario.
I already downloaded Book #2 in the series and devouring it.
Please Linda Andrews, let the heroes survive!