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.
This will be short.
This was a looooong book but I NEVER lost my interest in the book. What an incredible story of survival and hope for the future. I have just finished and am now looking for another book by Justin. Not everyone will like it but I couldn't wait to get in the car to go to work so I could get back into the story to see what happens next.
This book was a chance that I took. I have several authors that I normally listen to, but my friend recommended this book. It has been the best book I have listened to in a long time!! The world changes right before your eyes and leaves you thinking, "Could this happen?" I recommend this for those who like a bit of military, with a bit of detective work, and sci-fi all rolled into one!!
Totally loved it!!!
Great character development, excellent pacing, ruthlessly bleak. If the Stand and the Strain had a baby, it would be this book. Perfect for summer, can't wait for the next installment.
This novel was very long and there were times when I wanted to quit on it but in the end I perservered and was glad that I did. As others have mentioned it was something like The Stand which I loved but it goes beyond that story with what is clearly going to be at least a trilogy and could easily be 12 novels if he so chooses. It is a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs and is not predictable which for me was sometimes frustrating but if you want suspense and are patient read it. If you want a safe predictible read this is not the book for you. This story is not what I would call a happliy ever after story. Be prepared to have your heart ripped out on and off. Having said that it is a story of the human fight for survival and at times they win, but not always.
I really loved this book. It reads like a history book about a country's downfall and how the people survived and hopefully, will rise again. I also felt the narrators did a great job. I cannot wait until the second book comes out - I just wish it wasn't going to be a 2 year wait.
Okay. Being a big Stephen King fan, I thought this book must be good, given his blurb about it. Maybe the book is good. I couldn't get through it. After 14 hours of listening, I kept wondering, "What's the point?" I enjoyed the first part of the book, but then it just kept plodding on and on and on. I know many readers/listeners enjoyed the book. I just couldn't bear to finish it.
I have made it through 2 of 5+ parts on this book. I like some of the characters and I have a feeling the book ends well or gets more exciting but this story is so slow in developing! I have run out of patience. 14 hours in and I must give up. My brain hurts.
I loved the post-apocalyptic parts of this book, and some of the interpersonal relationships were pretty good also. The idea of a virus, even one carried by vampires is okay, but all the paranormal stuff was a little over the top.
Meanwhile, there were so many different parts of the book and different people going in all directions that I would have liked a cheat sheet so I could keep track of everything. I definitely didn't understand the point of giving us long introductions to characters, only to have them die shortly afterward.
That being said, I thought the narration was great. The pretty abrupt ending certainly leaves room for another volume, and I'll definitely be listening to it when it arrives.