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Devastation: Built on Fear 1 Paperback – December 14, 2011
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“FitzSimmons has come up with a doozy of a sociopath.” —The Washington Post Learn More
Top Customer Reviews
This book begin in the northern part of Ohio as the Canadian army takes over the northern half of the USA. You follow the kids as the survive the elements and sickness as they try to reach the save zone.
This book captivates you from the very beginning. And as they get further south you are so involved you can't put the book down.
My heart was pulled into this story before I even knew what happened. The story starts off with three sets of teens in dire circumstances. Canada has attacked the US and there is no longer work or school. There are only Americans fleeing across the nation to safety or hiding in their homes waiting for rescue. It has been 48 days and the state of Ohio is in devastation. 17 year old Fallon and his 15 year old sister, Sandi, are forced to leave their dying mom in search of food. 12 year old Emery and her 8 year old brother, Conner, were deserted by their mom and told to hide in the basement. But after running out of food they are also forced to flee. Desiree is 16 years old and after her father is killed by Canadian soldiers she barely escapes. Guy is a teen Canadian soldier who is under orders to "collect the survivors," "leave the dead," and "kill the injured." He is only cooperating so that his family isn't executed because you are either with the Canadian forces or you're a traitor to them. Each of these characters has to face brutal situations and in the midst of devastation they have to move forward in hope or risk losing the will to live.
As much as I loved Fallon's character the most, I believe that Guy had the most difficult fate in this story. He hates being forced into certain duties as a soldier and he must participate in gruesome murders and witness them being done without protesting. He is by no means a victim, but he's not like the other soldiers. I was surprised at how he risks his life to do the right thing, but it's characters like him who illustrate that there's still humanity left in war even when there seems to be none.Read more ›
I found that this book engaged me right from the start. I liked the characters a lot, especially Fallon and Desiree. The story was well developed and kept my interest. If things drag in a book I am outta there, and this one kept me going. So, the characters were believable, the story was charged with drama and I became involved with each of them. A very vivid picture was painted of the future...until the end.
I thought the author's descriptions of torture and the horrors various characters went through was excellent. I could feel their pain and fear.
The hunger and thirst, the sickness that ensued, all became real. Well done again by the author.
The three things that kept this from 5 stars for me were:
First, Desiree quotes Bible verses and prays out loud a lot. It is very believable that some people would indeed do this when faced with the horrific situations these characters were placed in. However, it also stands to reason that those kind of reactions would really irritate other characters that were not the Bible quoting type. The only person this irritated was an enemy. It is hard to believe that every person on the "good side" was a Christian...so why not have at least one "good" charater express their irritation with this habit? I just think under that stress that it would raise the ire of some people. They would at least express the feeling that if God existed He would not let this happen and that they did not want to hear reasoning, to keep it the herself.Read more ›
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Absolutely love this book and this series! Could not put it down!!!!Published 20 months ago by Tomi
As an English teacher, I am always on the hunt for new books to introduce to my students, especially Dystopian ones. This novel didn’t disappoint. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paige Smith
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I started this book when I only had a few minutes to read and decided I'd start by reading one chapter. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by ameck