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Well written from a promising new author
on July 1, 2012
I adore the post-apocalyptic genre (1200+ hours on the Fallout series, especially Fallout 3 should tell you something) so I'm especially tickled that it has become so popular in recent years. Final Dawn follows in the footsteps of some of the other great novels and episodic book series (Yesterday's Dawn, I'm looking at you), but has its own distinctive style and taste.
Mike Kraus paints a grim picture of the world in 26 years, though he has yet to fully flesh it out to its potential. Given the nature of episodic storytelling, this is perfectly understandable, and I'm sure that more details about the world itself will come in the next book, though I am left hungry for more by the end of it. With the first book, Mr. Kraus introduces us to the four (presumably) main protagonists of the story, each located in a different part of the USA and each with their own unique survival story. These four characters have escaped certain death while most of the rest of the world has burned around them, though that much you could gather yourself from the book description. A couple of the characters have a stereotypical "end of the world survivor" feel to them, but the other two were markedly different, which I appreciated.
Without going on any further, I would encourage you to give this new author a shot. I enjoyed the book immensely and look forward to reading the next one in the series when it is released.