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- Book 1 of 3 in Humanity Gone (3 Book Series)
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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.Read more ›
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.
** Spoiler Alert**
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.Read more ›
First the good. The characters are interesting and well-rounded. The story moves along at a good pace and pulled me in within a few pages. I found myself rooting for their survival, and I didn't feel any of them acted particularly idiotic to move the plot forward, though they do make bad decisions from time to time, just like normal people do, and these are just young adult in very stressful circumstances. Most everyone over the age of 19 dies of a mysterious plague in this book, which seems suspiciously specific, particularly since there is nothing special about turning 20, but that didn't bother me because in this type of story, something must act as the apocalyptic catalyst and usually isn't important to the plot itself. However, since there is at least one exception to the everyone-over-19 plague, if the authors expand on it in future books, it better be good. As it is, in this book, the explanation is not necessary.
Humanity Gone: After the Plague is written in a shifting first-person, present tense. An unusual choice, and I don't believe I've read first-person present ever before in novel-length fiction. Normally, shifting viewpoint first person drives me batty to the point where I can't read it, but since each chapter is titled with the name of the point-of-view character (ala Game of Thrones), I did not get lost, nor did I mind it. The present tense did feel a little awkward at times, and I wonder how much the feel of the story would've changed had it been written in past tense, as most novels are. It's not a big deal, just a point of curiosity for me.
Now, I did notice a LOT of formatting errors, and this is another instance where I really want to be able to rate half-stars, because 3 stars seems a little harsh.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book kept me very interested. Such a well thought out and well written story about surviva of a group of 4 young kidsl after a plague kills all the adults. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alicia Huxtable
Easy to see much of this scenario and look at people in this age group and just how ill equipped with even the basic survival skills. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kimberly C. Winslow
I read so many books, it's a pain to leave comments for all of them. This book is special. There's something here, je ne sa qua, something more. These guys did an excellent job. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jodi VanRomondt
Good read, though it seems to be sculpted for a young teen reader and a bit derivative of other apocalyptic stories of this type. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paqrat
Fast paced, loved it. Has a few surprises, always hope. The twists are very good. If you like plague zombie type books you will like this one. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jackie Greenwood
Sincerely this is the best science fiction book i have ever read in my life. maybe its the best i have read but i haven't read your second book yet so i don't know ;). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tristen Delgros