Jacob. Epic heroism.
Lee vs. Hunters. A face-to-face picture of this scene would make an awesome background.
Every moment was captivating.
Fractured is the fourth book of the grand-slam series by DJ Molles, "The Remaining".
I believe this series is by far the best post-apocalyptic series, dealing with humans infected with FURY. FURY turns humans into a violent blood-mongering being. In contrast to zombies, these monsters aren't dead, and they retain their primitive, animal behavior.
Infected humans slowly evolve and become an isotope of humanity, only stronger, faster, cunning, and apparently, more adept to survive than uninfected humans. This posses a threat to survivors. Some of the infected have evolved to become hunters, a much more aggressive version of human ancestors, cavemen if you will.
Up till now another fact sets this series apart from other post-apocalyptic stories involving infected humans--the infected actually reproduce. They aren't the concoction of the devil, or some evil awoken by dark priests; no, these are infected mammals that gained superiority to survive the perils of the world. As animals, these infected humans actually reproduce. This impedes survivors to merely "live out the disease" as the dead dry out. No, these infected humans are making of humanity a different superior species.
In the fourth book, Captain Lee Harden manages to regain contact with several of the survivors from Camp Rider. Sadly, the camp is taken by Jerry and his minions, destroying what little ground the group had gained with Lee. Much bigger fish are being fried by the recon groups of LaRouche and Harper, who soon learn that Professor Jacob was right about his suspicions. The infected are in fact migrating.
In the end, we are introduced to new characters who have become important to the storyline. Captain Abe and another one of Lee's comrades decide to prevent the catastrophic linking of Lee's GPS to the grid created by the now President of the remaining pieces of the USA. This leaves us agape and expecting what will be a fantastic fifth (final?) book.
As always, Molles delivers an impressive story, with vivid, real characters. Chris Rummel's narration helps listeners to connect both emotionally and empathetically with each of the characters as they evolve, change, and become a harder, ruthless version of their former self.
Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson
To generate a great fiction book you must first layout the rules of the world you wish to create or distort. Once the rules and principles have been rooted, it is world-crafter's obligation to stay true to those rules while fashioning the world, while creating and disjointing characters.
Steelheart starts off by a tragic loss. A kid looses his father to the hands of an epic. But what is an epic? In the rules of the world created by Sanderson, the world fell to shambles when Calamity, our beloved Sun, was modified. The modification gave some humans corky powers. But curiously, with each power granted, a very unspecific weakness in relation to the power tagged along. A weakness can be something as simple as a specific time of the day, or something as ridiculous as a joke. This makes the task of defeating epics a whole epic in itself. To find out an epic's weakness, one must observe and study the individual. At any rate, so are the rules of the world.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I would go about calling it a literary achievement. I would, however, call it an awesome-amazing-epic-adventure! You have the weapons, the high-tech, the fights, the mass destruction, the meticulous planning to take down epics, etc.
I also enjoyed the narration. It was excellent. The character development is solid, each one of them having very specific nuances in language, gait, body movements, etc.
I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a good sci-fi, fiction story. It is loads of fun, full of surprises, and enjoyable to listen to at any time.
Gripping, profound, reflexive.
The moments of introspection.
The Remaining: Refugees
Such a great series. I believe this book is so good because of the constant introspection, the reflecting, and the appropriate language used for the appropriate situation. The action is good, sturdy, gripping--but too much of it would be useless without the outstanding use of introspection from the characters. This makes the book memorable, making you wonder turn after turn of what you would do if shit hits the fan and the world collapses.
In this sequel, Captain Lee Harden is faced with the cold truth, served cold and putrid. The infected are adapting, colonizing a world lost to humans. The infected are gaining survival tactics much faster than human survivors are, and already Packs and Hunters are diversifying as a new species.
Humans seem to be more of a problem onto themselves than to the infected. Infected regard humans as a meal, yet humans cannot restrain themselves from fighting over turf, over who commands and who possess, who gives orders and who completes them, helping the infected wipe humans out for good.
The worst is brought out in humanity as chaos beautifully spreads with claws that drape survivors with fear and loathing. With inner conflicts, Camp Rider has slim chances of making it if between group leaders there is constant division of force.
For Lee things get ugly. Having been kept out of the loop, he is in for a surprise with his military comrades destined to deploy Project Hometown. With strange attacks menacing to kill him, Lee will unravel mayhem festering within the ranks of his comrades. The infected are yet another challenge as a surprise is set in motion: Women run scarce and are nowhere to be found. Where are the infected women? This poses a heart-pounding turn of events for human survivors. The infected will never die out. At this pace, they will outlive humans. Can't wait to read the next book!
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