Top positive review
6 people found this helpful
on 10 July 2017
I have read a LOT (a LOT) of post-apocalyptic/post-martians invading/meteors striking/viruses turning us into zombies - you get the drift. I am fascinated by the idea of a split second event changing everything, and the way that tests characters and throws everything you thought mattered up in the air.
I couldn't put this book down - I can relate to some of the things other reviewers found unsatisfying, but none of that got in the way of me staying up later than I meant to every night for a week until I finished it! After the first chapter I couldn't imagine how this idea could fill up a whole book and I thought I might pack it in by chapter 3... but then it really gets going and doesn't let go. Thoroughly enjoyed it, the story will stay with me, will recommend to friends.
Personally I find the lack of resolution at the end far more realistic - how often would situations get tied up in a neat bow with everything tidily explained? It also leaves you with some spaceafter finishing the book to have your own thoughts about what happened or what could happen - not to mention the truly horrifing prospect of being Paul...
In the afterword the author shares some changes he made (as well as an impassioned plea for an amazon review - haha it worked) - I thought having the Brigadier as a woman was really positive, nice to see a steely female making the tough decisions for a change. I loved the flawed character of Andy - the whole "i'm telling this to a tape recorder" thing was a bit clunky but didn't get in the way of the narrative, I've seen worse devices!