Most of the book predictable and unbelievable...how many time CAN you escape the virals after all... and then just kind of peters out. An OK summer read since all I really wanted was to be is transported into another time and place for a few hours a day, and it did do that. But it in the end, it is just a snapshot of time after an "event", without any resolution. The only way to redeem the book is to assume there is a sequel that describes what happens next and comes to some "end".. Perhaps a few hints of that...the "ghost" that kills the viral in the cabin (is it part of a future story?)....the idea that in the massacre "our" characters were not killed (just like they escaped like every time before). why only Leish is changed (what is the role of that). and why Amy destroys the vials (explained in one sentence) ....if/how she finds the rest of the virals...etc. Just kind of leaves us hanging there waiting for parts 10, 11, 12...etc. I had to check the library to make sure I had really come to the end of the book!
If you want a really incredible, stark, and poetically written post apocalyptic novel, read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. it is magnificent.
. . . did not Edward Herrmann record the unabridged version of this book? The main narrator has an annoying vocal pattern that did not serve the story and in fact, worked against the style of this author's writing. The two women were great. I suspect this is a good book. Listening to it was torturous.
As others have pointed out, this book drags. Starts out as a decent concept, but then makes a 100 year jump and becomes a chore to get through. Some equate tedious to "epic", but I have listened to good epic (search Peter F. Hamilton), and this story pales in comparison. After getting through it, you will feel the author laughing at you in the epilogue.
I was a little hesiant to order this book but decided to take a chance. I loved it. The reader was great and very pleasent to listen to. I think I had the idea it was more about vampires, but it wasn't. The story was very interesting and I have since heard there will be 2 more books. Very happy about that.
The first couple of hours was good, it was full of action, and the premise was interesting. Then, that story went away and another took over. What great potential Amy had after her first introduction! And then....nothing. The thing that bugs me the most about this book is how all the action in the "second story" takes place in everybody's heads. We don't get to experience the action, but get it second and third hand within people's heads with all kinds of modifers and qualifers. Suspense? Ha!
I agree with everyone review that gave it 1 star, if there was zero star I would give that, it is totally idiotic and non-captivating, I finally gave up and went to the last 20 minutes of the story, then immediately erased it from my device and computer.
As I was listening I was mentally composing a review. It was good, but not great. I would rate it a 4. It has some great moments; the narration was excellent, but it was very drawn out. Then I got to the ending. That spoiled it.
I really liked this book, good storyline and character development. But I was also really glad when I got to the end. It is a long listen so be prepared, and I would not suggest listening to it in THREE DAYS like a previous reviewer. I listened to Kings "IT" right before this one (Another 40+ hours and an extremely great listen) so I'm not sure if I needed to just get to the end and that affected how I felt about the book.
If you enjoy Scott Brick, you'll enjoy the story as well. It will be really interesting to see where the author takes the story as he is commited to two more books on it as well.
Overhyped...way too long...once you move into the 100 year passage ...only one word can describe it...BORING!!!!
Who cares about these people...and ITS not a vampire story....SciFi yes but not a good one
This book could be a Stephen King book if it were a little more refined. All of the characters are well writen. The plot was great. (better infact than many of King's books) . This book can stand alone or become a series. It gives you an ending with a loophole for the next book.
Most "end of the world" books have only one way of life after the big event. This book explores a more realistic outcome of what could happen. You find your stenght and use it.
The sci fi part is new and old but well thought out and easy to follow. I think that it could have used just a bit more editing to improve the flow.