Published: 05/12/2017 by St. Martin's press 432 pages Kindle edition
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she share with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
Not your typical Nora Roberts story, at least not what I’m used to. I reached out to very different genre here, probably as different as it can be as I don’t remember reading apocalyptic story yet. I absolutely loved it! Not only it was refreshing to read something completely out of my comfort zone, but characters made it so realistic, I was worried to look out of the window at one point.
Blurb really says it all. Terrible outbreak of unknown virus kills most of the population and pretty much messes up everyone else. Can they fight it, can they rebuild what they lost?
Now I’m not sure how it would rate on apocalyptic/dystopian book scale but for me it would be easy 5 stars. I literally can’t wait to pick up the second book of the series which came out this year. Might leave it as a read after Christmas though, it’s not really a book that would bring you into festive spirits.
Whether you are Nora Roberts fan or not, whether you enjoy this type of books, I definitely think you should give it a go! It really surprised me and it might do just that for you too.