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Two years have passed since humankind faced extinction ... Two cousins are leaving the protection of their underground bunker for the first time, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth. On the other side of North America, a young survivalist is leaving the seclusion of his cabin deep in the woods, traveling with his aging canine companion, Winston. For individual reasons, these men are traveling east, where the fragmented lives of a small number of survivors will soon be decided by the choices of a corrupt few. Although they are not yet aware, the strength that resides inside them will soon be tested, and destiny will call for their fates to be forever intertwined

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Well Constructed - Not That Original

Set two years after an apocalyptic disease has wiped out society and much of mankind, we see a new USA. There are pockets of people struggling to survive by whatever means - fair means or foul. We follow Brian and his cousin Steve as they leave their bunker for the first time in two years. They plan to journey east to connect with other family members. At a similar time Simon and his dog Winston leave their cabin in the woods to return to Simon's family home. We follow them as they head into the unknown. What is left of a civilized USA? Are there societies left or just violent gangs?

I like the fact that this book starts two years after the major event. We learn very little about the disease or the break down of society but rather concentrate on what stage society has got to two years later.

Aside from the above, there is very little in this book that I haven't read before in a similar work. People treking through the unknown, marauding violent groups, desolate town, the vestiges of society hanging on in small areas and so on. There was nothing particularly new in the main bulk of the book. There is a big climax at the end which also wasn't that surprising but it worked well within the story.

Having said that the book wasn't particularly original, it was quite well written. Although there are gruesome scenes and plenty of violence I didn't feel that was the main purpose of the book. This wasn't the case of a basic story on which to hang graphic scenes of violence. This was a well structured book with a good plot. The characters develop well as the book progresses and we do get insights into their minds. The large climax scene takes a while to build with plenty of firm footings placed within the plot on which to construct it. There were a few small twists in the end scenes which I didn't forsee which I did appreciate.

As a book of this genre it isn't that original. There isn't a USP - unique selling point. However it is well constructed with a good plot and well developed characters. It is certainly one of the better books I have read of this style. The ending was left open with the option for a sequel. I would be interested in reading the sequel and seeing how the characters develop after this ending.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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