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Humanity Gone: After the Plague Kindle Edition

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Series: Humanity Gone (Book 1)

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About the Author

Derek Deremer is currently an English teacher in South Carolina. He somehow wandered down there after growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. While graduating with an English degree from Westminster College, he developed his love for common words and many other endeavors in his continual pursuit to be a jack of all trades and a master of none.

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  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMRACQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jay Wilburn on April 18, 2013
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The narrative is solid and consistent. The characters are strong and multidimensional. This is a young adult geared novel and series, but it deals with some very heavy topics through the telling. I found it to be apocalyptic literature and a dystopian tale that adult readers could engage while losing themselves in it.

This is a stellar, freshman effort by Deremer and Culver. I believe readers that invest in these characters and this story will be well served by future installments of this series.

The prologue succeeds where most fail. The author establishes a mystery worth unraveling, action that is interesting, and characters that readers want to meet. From there, the novel moves into the action and the heart of the story quickly. He uses a few words to create big connections to his characters early.

Jonathan and his sister along with a growing cast of characters set out on an adventure through the streets of a city and into a world becoming devoid of adults. With this tragic loss, the rules of civilization that hold us all together in an otherwise dangerous world are erased. As they seek out safety, the landscape becomes a more unsure place for them all to learn to survive.

There are haunting moments that reveal the characters and deepen the story. Deremer applies ingenious, little touches that enrich the story throughout the rise and the overall flow of the narrative.

The ending is strong and leaves the story open enough that anything might be possible in the next installment.

I'm always nervous reading self-published work for review as there are often predictable mistakes in editing and story that publishers often serve to correct before work is released. Humanity Gone avoids many of the pitfalls of self-published work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. Taylor on January 11, 2014
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I heard about this author quite by chance. After reading this book I was totally hooked and continued with the trilogy. This is riveting, and fantastic. It is in line with the quality/writing talent of The Hunger Games. This will likely become a movie and if it doesn't it should! So get the word out after you read it! What a fantastic book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Cortese on January 15, 2013
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Humanity Gone: After the Plague may have been a little slow to start, but when it got up to speed it was certainly one of the best books I have read. The many unexpected twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat begging for more, as you follow a variety of interesting characters through the new world. Very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on November 24, 2013
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Hmmmm where to start...
I guess I will start with the basics of the story. A plague kills off all the adults in America. Kids are panicked and chaos rules. Two teens, a brother and sister, decide to drive to a campground to escape the craziness and en route pick up two 10 year old twin girls. They make it to the campground and take shelter in one of the cabins. Another person joins the group and they all spend the winter there. Finally, they decide to leave after hearing over the radio about a UN rescue mission. They get sidetracked by a group of boys running a 'sanctuary' but they do ultimately make it to the meeting place for the UN.

Now the critique...

I'll begin with the writing. First and foremost, this book could use an editor. It started out fine but it almost seemed like the author was getting tired of writing and just wasn't paying attention to what he was saying. It wasn't written badly, it was just very obvious how to improve on it.

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The following issues are specific to the story:

My first issue was with the premise of the plague itself. It killed everyone over the age of 19. That's a pretty specific plague. I wonder how it knows exactly how old you are? There isn't anything biologically significant that happens at 19 not to mention that boys and girls develop differently and at different ages. This is apparently one of those 'suspend disbelief' things that I could do if it weren't for the fact that just when they needed it, a 22 year old EMT finds them in the woods and nurses one of the group back to health. How incredibly convenient.

Next, when the plague started, borders were closed to Canada so the plague could go there. This is just not possible. Even globally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alp on January 29, 2014
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Loved the story and how you got to know each character. Couldn't wait to start the next one. I couldn't put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melody Picard on February 1, 2014
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l love it! I couldn't put it down! It's great how the book depicts how far people will go in order to survive.
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Humanity Gone: After The Plague is a good read for young adults. The book has a little bit of everything to appeal to a broad audience: sufficient character development, action, engaging female characters, and suspense. The reading level and language is appropriate for the level it is written. The book draws inspiration from "The Girl who Owned a City" and it is readily apparent in the text if you are familiar with the book. I gave this book a 4/5 stars simply because I feel the beginning of the book is rushed and too compressed in such a way that some readers will put down the book without delving further when Deremer seems to find his literary stride. This seems like a solid book from a new and engaging author.
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