|I personally really enjoyed this book, but that’s because I like apocalyptic themed books so I already had an interest in the work. I grew to love Ellen as a character, unfortunately I still didn’t grow to know the other characters, mostly the love interest, as I would have liked to, but I’m hoping that means there’s another book and I can get to know him better. The fight scenes were on par, there wasn’t too much gore (which pleases me as I just find it disgusting and distracting from the overall work) and the whole thing to me was believable. SPOILERS: the only thing I’m curious about is what happened to the marauders after they killed the informant? I know we can’t know about the other teams but was another team trapped by where they sent the marauders? Or did Marcus know where the other teams were going as well? All in all I enjoyed it and I hope for another book. I guess we just wait and see because there’s going to be a third book, which I’m thrilled about because I still have a lot of questions left over that I hope are answered in the next book.|
Read by: Taylor Henderson (Guest Reviewer)
Stars given: 4/5
I was gifted a copy of the book for an honest review. So with that being said, I’ll start by saying that I enjoyed this book. It kept me reading for sure, and I finished in just a few short hours. When I started the book I wasn’t aware that it was a novella, so I was disappointed with the lack of characterization, storytelling, and zombies. I figured there would be more action involved, and more dialogue, but the story is mainly told from the main character, Ellen’s thought processes. I felt like I didn’t really get a chance to grow a connection to any of the characters, which made me not really care what happened to them which isn’t good for a story of this nature. Lori has an interesting writing style that I liked, but sometimes I wished she would go more into depth in certain scenes. Overall I’d give the book 3/5 stars, but I was also very impressed by the lack of editorial errors so I gave it a 4/5 overall. I’m hoping that when I read the next story I will establish a better connection between the characters since it is a full novel. I feel like this story didn’t reach its full potential since it was meant as a novella.
This was a great book! I loved reading it, and while it expanded over a large number of years I think it worked out in the long run, but the ending is the only thing I’m hung up on. I’m not really sure what happened and had to read them a few times to figure it out. I would have preferred it more in the story than in an epilogue, but I’m glad for the HEA between the main characters and I can’t wait to see more. Yes, people will comment and say that it’s rough, that the author could have done better, but it will improve. I know that as an author myself, the first book always takes a beating, but this one deserves a chance. So take it from me! The author will improve as she writes more! This is a great story, and a great start! I can’t wait for more!
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I loved the strength that Johnny’s character showed, his ability to create a small amount of happiness even through his nightmares and melding of time (and again great psychological stuff, just not a lot of thriller).
This book was a beautiful piece of work, and really inspired me to be a better person, much like the Everett’s. While the ending is open ended, I hope for the best for all involved, maybe we will one day figure out what happened to Johnny in one of Bradon’s later novels.
TLTR version: I definitely recommend this book. Although there’s not a thriller in the sense of suspense, action, or darkness as expected the psychological aspects were on par and impressive. It is true to the psychological aspect of the genre. It’s heartbreaking and uplifting in one book.