The fourth installment in a brilliantly dark, unique paranormal world by Colleen Gleason, writing as Joss Ware.
The world they knew is in ashes.
The world that remains is in peril.
Five extraordinary survivors are humankind's last, best hope.
The Change that devastated the earth did not destroy Theo Waxnicki. It made him something more than human - eternally young, eternally beautiful - but not immortal. When he dies on a mission against the Strangers, he is lost to the darkness - until a miracle lady brings him back.
Born during the apocalyptic storms and earthquakes that left the world in ruins, Selena has dedicated her life to easing the pain of others. But Theo is the first in her care to survive. Responding to Selena's tender touch, Theo starts to live again, to feel and desire again. But joined in a world of terrors, the secrets they can never share make them targets. And love could be the ultimate betrayal.
©2011 Joss Ware (P)2014 Colleen Gleason Inc
BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES SO FAR!
I loved this book. In book four, we learn how the smaller communities outside of Envy live, and it focuses our attentions on Theo. There is very little mention of the other main characters in the series until the last few chapters.
At the end of book 3 Theo was shot and then his body disappeared when his friend went to get help. He turns up at the house of the infamous death lady, but instead of helping him to the other side, she miraculously cures him. He finds her intriguing and after discovering a room full of computers upstairs he decides to stick around for a while.
This book is comical at times and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. With references to things from before the change (farmville, disney, geocaching, and the princess bride!), which is actually now, I find it interesting to think what it will be like 50 years from now when I look back on my life.
The few mentions of Waywren, the character from Colleen's Gardella Vampire Chronicles, was awesome! I wasn't expecting that, but I love that most of her work connects in some way or another. Waywren is truly magical it seems, as she appears in Regency London and again in 2060'ish.
I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait to start the next book.
Envy Chronicles Book Four
Theo lands in the home of the Death Lady after being shot by Seattle. Selena manages to resurrect him with her secret crystal and brings him back to health. Along with her son Simon, friend Frank and mother-figure Vonnie, Selena and Theo get back to life as usual...until he learns about Selena's secret. Meanwhile, Lou makes his way to find Theo, and Remy and Ian mix in with other bounty hunters to hide her identity. This book takes the reader away from Envy and into the lives of residents of other areas, giving another perspective on the change.
Narration: Sebastian Fields narrates the series with fluidity and calm. He keeps the voices simple, yet distinctive.
If you're looking for a book about redemption, heartache and the love that gets you through it, this is the book for you.
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