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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184111
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Katherine Amt Hanna studied costuming and creative writing at Lynchburg College in Virginia, spent thirteen years working for Kodak, and operates a home-based business selling medieval, Roman, biblical, and other historical costumes. She presently lives in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two sons. Breakdown is her first novel.


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Katy Hanna lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When not writing she can be found in her sewing room making medieval and biblical costumes. A few of her favorite authors are Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, John Wyndham, and Connie Willis.
Breakdown is her first full-length novel.

Visit her website at: www.katherineamthanna.com

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I really enjoyed reading this book from start to finish.
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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful By William Esmont on August 7, 2011
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This book absolutely floored me. I'm a big fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction, and when I discover something like this, something so deep and textured and full of life that it actually brings tears to my eyes, I can't help but tell others about it. Buy it if you like Margaret Atwood's work or if you enjoyed One Second After by William R. Forstchen. It's that good.
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155 of 163 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on May 17, 2011
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My aunt had been encouraging me to read Breakdown but I didn't bother to seek it out. While I trust her taste, I have enough on my TBR pile from the major publishing houses so I generally ignore Amazon Digital titles. Finally, she bought it for me and sent it to my Kindle. I read Breakdown in one sitting, staying up much too late in the process. There are minor things I'd change about it but it doesn't have the unedited feel I associate with self published work. In fact, at times it reminded me of LaVyrle Spencer's work. Set after a worldwide flu pandemic has radically changed the world, Breakdown picks up several years later. Chris has gone in search of his brothers, painfully making his way through an unrecognizable landscape until he finds comfort in a stranger's home. The atmosphere is close to a sweet americana romance, but the tone is perfectly modern and the setting British. (While this isn't a YA title, it is completely suitable for a YA reader and might make a nice bridge between standard YA fare and more general fiction.) I'll certainly look at Hanna's next work, especially if it's a sequel in the same world.
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Sybilgal on September 26, 2012
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I am an avid reader of apocalyptic novels. I've been reading them since Alas Babylon. Breakdown is somewhat unusual. Descriptions of the breakdown post super flu occur in flashbacks. The protagonist loses his wife and infant daughter in New York during the first weeks of the outbreak. He spends the next six years working his way back to England where he hopes to find his mother, two brothers and a friendship that ended badly. The details of his travels are sketchy. The book centers around healing the spirit and resolving the past so there is a future. The pacing is introspective. If you are looking for a zombie stomping blood fest then this book is not for you. If you are interested in human resilience then you will find Breakdown a good read within the genre. I applaud the author for carefully proofing her work. It was a pleasure to read a recent work in the genre without slogging through misspelling, poor grammar and words that were used incorrectly. I rarely give four stars and reserve the fifth star for a masterpiece. This is a solid effort.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Scholumba on April 21, 2011
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This book was gripping all the way through. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world that is beautifully evoked, showing how people have rebuilt their lives in a more circumscribed way that centers on family and other essentials. Breakdown is a quiet, hopeful story (though very sad in parts), focused on characters who are real and likeable. I was entirely drawn into the world of this novel.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Felicia A. Sullivan on July 5, 2011
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This is a lovely, emotional story of loss and redemption, not what you expect out of a post-apocalyptic scenario, full of well-developed characters whose journeys end in self-discovery, recovery from loss, and love.

You don't expect a PA novel to be a love story, but this one is. Oh, you've got your global pandemic that pretty much wipes out the world, you've got your breakdown of societies, you've got your back-to-basics-after-the-loss-of-technology, you've got your loss of families/loves, gangs, food shortages and government inefficiencies, just like in most PA stories. But what most of them DON'T have is FEELING or HEART.

The story has other sub-plots, but the main focus is on Chris Price, a former rock star from England, who lives in NY when the pandemic hits, suffers great familial loss, and takes six years to make his way back to the other side of the pond to find out what happened to his family. They were hard years, filled with violence, more loss, starvation, incarceration, and hard work. He is a changed man when he makes it back to his country....not in a good way.

It takes a chance meeting, a recommendation from an acquaintance, and the assistance of a former psychologist to bring Chris back to life from his epic journey of loss.

I genuinely enjoyed this full and complete novel, and more so appreciate the fact that, for a self published novel, the editing is near perfect.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
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Chris is a man who has lost everything in his life, as the world around him spins out of control. A worldwide pandemic has killed many and set civilization back several centuries as all we take for granted goes away seemingly overnight. After his wife and young daughter die from the plague, Chris sets out on a slow, arduous journey to return home to England, across the ocean from where he lived in New York. The story is not necessarily of that journey, but of the journey that takes place after he returns home to the remnants of his family-a brother who had no idea if he was alive or dead, an old mate who his relationship with was damaged long before the plague came about, and other new faces, including new people who attempt to help Chris heal. He has seen what the world has turned into during his travels-barbaric and wretched, and there are experiences he had that have shattered him emotionally. It will take a great deal of kindness and patience to allow Chris to come to grips with who he is and what he has become, and a dedicated and persistent person willing to take that journey with him.

This is a post apocalyptic novel, true enough, but not the type that I would typically pick up. I did so at the recommendation of a friend, and while this is different than what I am used to, I can't say that I have any regrets reading it. The author is a solid storyteller, developing her characters in slow bits and pieces with reveals that are satisfying and plausible. The broken down world, as well as the broken down man that inhabits it, provide ample opportunity for her to give us just cause for Chris's brooding state. He is troubled, but I didn't get the urge to tell him to get over it-his losses, and sense of regret for what he believes he didn't do are real, tangible, and identifiable.
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