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Devastation: Built on Fear 1 Paperback – December 14, 2011
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"When I am writing, I just can't wait to see whats going to happen next! If you don't like my characters don't blame me, blame them! They have a mind of their own. Happy Reading." ~Shandy L. Kurth
Top Customer Reviews
This book really pulled me in. As an American, I kept trying to put myself in the children's shoes, asking, "What would I do if this really happened?" (Answer: Probably die.) The opposing country is somewhat out of left field (for me anyway), but I think that really added to the story, just the simple fact that a country many Americans wouldn't dream of going to war with is attacking the U.S., and winning. Aside from that aspect, the relationships between the characters was very life-like, as they're just kids (the oldest is seventeen) trying to stay alive and help one another get to The Safe Zone in the South.
Meanwhile, we also get the perspective of a soldier from the opposing army, who is starting to wonder whether or not his side is right. His inner dilemma was very intriguing for me, as I know several soldiers who are overseas now, and they've often discussed feeling that dichotomy between what your country's asked of you and how you truly feel about the situation around you.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian stories, thrillers, action/adventure, and/or anybody who just wants to know who the other country is and why they've declared war against the U.S.!
5 stars, and I can't wait for "Isolation," the continuation of this dynamic story.
This story is fast paced, constantly changing and keeps you on your toes. I love the characters and their adventure. I cried so hard because you start to care for each of them. Shandy takes you on a journey through a new war, a devastated America and a fight for survival from several different characters eyes by way of continually changing groups. It broke my heart how people can lose their humanity and all their morals due to hunger, violence and fear but Shandy truly wrote a believable story line and events that could truly transpire when people lose hope. Although I really enjoyed this page turning read I did not feel it really had an ending or maybe it just didn't tie up all the loose ends as I felt it should. (I have since learned that there is a second book.)I also feel that readers need to know that there is a lot of religious parts, references, prayers, scripture, etc. I think it tied in nicely and added to the strength of the characters by showing how their beliefs contributed to their strength and morals but I know there are a lot of readers who might not be open to it and should be aware of it prior to choosing to read Devastation.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this book and this series! Could not put it down!!!!Published 16 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 18 months ago by Paige Smith
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This book is very good and thought provoking. Shandy Kurth has made a thought that is unbelievable. Read more
Ok I'm usually not one for this kinda story but I have to say I absolutely love this book I can't wait to read the next one in the series. Read morePublished 22 months ago by April Alvey
Wow, I read this book in 2 evenings!!! What an intense book. Made you realize that we are our own worst enemy. This book was very emotional. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Crystal Morris
Wow what an intense book. Zombies, aliens, monster don't bring down civilization, people do. This book was an emotional roller coaster. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book was a great read. Very fast paced and full of action. It shows you what would happen if the US was invaded by a unlikely country. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Wanda Green Swafford
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
Devastation by Shandy Kurth
The Marquerings: starving and Fallon can't wait for things to get back to normal. His mother and sister live there also. Read more