I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this novel, it's a post apocalyptic story so I had a general idea, but one never knows what direction a writer will take with that topic. I often read reviewers that say "I couldn't put it down" and tire of reading that comment, its become somewhat over used, but now find myself apologizing to those who've used it because that's exactly how I felt reading this book. It wasn't an edge of your seat, white knuckled account, it was even better than that. It took a different tact for end of the world scenario's and went about describing what might really happen if one found themselves alone when/if the world's population was decimated. Billy Todd encounters people along his journey, good, bad and indifferent and bases his decisions on many variables. I didn't want this book to end, but was glad it wasn't a cliffhanger or a book 1, 2, 3 etc. It didn't need to be, there wasn't more to say about Billy Todd's story, it made sense. This book might not be for everyone, but it was enough for me, and then some. I loved it in its simplicity and possibilities.
Odd Billy Todd by N.C.Reed is a post apocalyptic story unlike any other I've ever read.
When I first started this book, I had made it to chapter 5 before putting it up and switching to another book. Billy Todd, the main character, is somewhat developmentally challenged. He's smart in practical ways but seems to lack the intellect of most "normal" young men his own age. At least that's what I believed.
A few months later I revisited Billy Todd and discovered how premature my decision had been. Slow Billy gradually turned into genius Billy in no time flat.
Billy Todd went from living in his deceased parent's farmhouse after a killer plague hit the world, to eventually sharing it with a beautiful red-haired girl he knew in school. Together, they start a community of close to thirty souls, all of whom look to Billy Todd to lead them in almost everything.
This is about as far as I'll go as far as spoilers. Suffice to say that this isn't like any PA story you've ever read. It's certainly one of the best I've read, and I've read a bunch!
The writing is crisp with great descriptions and character development. The characters themselves are utterly human and believable. After a bit, you'll be able to picture them in your mind. The story takes place in rural Tennessee and describes the area fairly accurately.
There are flaws with the spelling and grammar throughout the book, but not so much as to be terribly distracting. This was N.C. Reed's first published novel so that may be part of the problem. Any author who doesn't know how to use TO, TOO and TWO should definately learn quickly. I've read several of Reed's more recent novels and I know he's figured it out.
This is a great story with plenty of heartwarming humor, violence and country wisdom between the covers. Read it. You won't be disappointed. Just don't give up until Billy meets Rhonda. After that, the real story begins.
Usually when I read a chapter or two of a book and find it's riddled with grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, I stop and never look at it again. Odd Billy Todd IS in desperate need of a thorough copyedit, yet I found I could not put it down. I was so caught up in the story that I simply "corrected" it in my mind and continued to read. If there hadn't been so many errors, I would have given it five stars, but as it is, I can't give it any lower than four. It's a good story with good characters, and I enjoyed reading a post-apocalyptic story that didn't involve zombies! Just, please, Mr. Reed, find a good copyeditor! Otherwise, keep doing what you're doing.
I really enjoyed the book. It took me two days to read it but only because the battery on my Kindle died and I had to recharge it. I have known people like Billy Todd. They may be slow or not the sharpest tool in the shed but they are knowledgeable, trustworthy, loyal to their friends and all the other things that Billy was good at. It was an entertaining book. And I read it a second time about a day after I finished it. I like that it was a story in itself that I didn't have to wait for a second or third book to finish. That having been said, I would love to see another book or two in this series. N.C. left so many ideas or situations he could develop. Really like N.C. Reed and will be reading some more of his books.
This is absolutely one of the very BEST post-apocalyptic books I've read and I've read a lot. No zombies. It's such a rich, warm story with all the necessary elements of shortage, dangerous survivors, unexpected post-collapse situations. The cast of characters is diverse and interesting but the story revolves around Billy Todd and you can't help but admire him and root for him to always win. As long as the book is, I didn't want it to end. It's like a journal of life after TEOTWAWKI.
I'd love for this author to write another book along this line.......or even a sequel to this one.