I'm a big fan of apocalyptic novels, but this one wasn't my fave. It was a bit of a struggle to listen to. It was very "conversation heavy" and didn't..Show More » have enough narrative, so the characters and scenes were flat. I also thought the characters weren't very likeable. Mick came off as a "Rocky" type guy with an IQ of about 60. And Dylan was shallow, petty and immature. There were far too many scenes and conversations that were irrelevant and slow, not moving the story forward. Some scenes were great and well-written, others (especially the dialog) were really bad. it was almost as if two different people were writing it. I will listen to another book by Jacqueline Druga because I think she has tremendous potential. But I have to rate this accordingly. Sorry.
The main characters are all still in this one (those that survived anyway!!!) and I was really pleased to see that it just kicked right off where the ..Show More »first ended. The characters that I loved in The Flu were fabulous again here and their growth in such a short amount of time was amazing. But really, under these conditions it has to be.
What I really enjoyed was the narrator. When listening to an audio the narration can really make or break the story but Dave Courvoisier was able to not only keep with the punches of the story but he really made it evident in his voice. Being the only narrator to a story, I think, puts a lot of pressure on that narrator to ensure that each personality comes through, and he did a lovely job. While I'm on the subject of the audio, it was really well done. The production quality was on par with what I would expect for an audio.
So, overall this storyline, although apocalyptic, was much more about the characters and their circumstances and how they reacted to those circumstances. The plot for each individual was pretty easy to follow although there are a lot of characters in this. I think the author did a great job of keeping the voice for each character separate from the others, and again, if the narrator wouldn't have been so damn good it would have failed with so many characters!
And much like the first, be ready for tears at the end, or close to it. I got so into what was happening with the characters that any foreshadowing of bad circumstances left me very anxious. I just want everything to be happy!! Yes, even in an apocalyptic story! The ending was great and fit well with what the author had set throughout. I really wish she would have set out to do a third.
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