Here is the question for the readers of this new series to ponder...What do you get when two best-selling authors join their writing skills to begin a new series? A hit, a gigantic hit is my answer. Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony J. Melchiorri have risen to the task.
This new series takes place 8 years after the Great War ended. There has been progress in the growing of crops and 100 outposts are enjoying a somewhat peaceful life. There are, however, bandits, raiders and collaborators that stir up the angst. But, the Variants.... a thing of the past until.... Outpost Turkey River in Iowa has a problem...and it is a big one...
I appreciate the strong female characters including President Jan Ringgold, of the Allied States. Some of my favorite characters from the past are present in this novel... Thankfully, Kate Lovato and Reed Beckham are present in starring roles.
Just a truly outstanding beginning to this new series. The plot is well-developed, new characters are fleshed out and the ones the reader recognizes have changed in some ways... 8 years means families have grown as have the children.
Buckle your seat belts, and get ready for some more Variant action. Anxiously awaiting the next one in this series.
Most highly recommended.