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I’ve read similar novels before, my two favorites being Stephen King’s "The Stand" and Robert McCammon’s "Swan Song". Both of those books are humongous doorstopper novels, and set the gold standard for this type of post-plague fiction. I have yet to read another novel in this vein that captures the horror of what it must be like to live in such a world; to struggle with the grief of lost family and friends while at the same time make the tough decisions on how to carry on.
"What Survives of Us" could not be more appropriately titled. Ms. Miner’s research is evident as she unfolds this new world. Everything from her description of medicinal herbs, to firearms, to the human psyche seems extremely authentic. Her plot is well thought out and keeps the pages turning briskly. And for a first time author, the pacing of this novel is spot on. I only wish the second book was ready now because the various story lines are just getting started.
What really drives the plot, as in all really good novels, is the characters.Read more ›
It's more thoughtful and better written than many freebies. There are elements of Christianity, but the author doesn't try to beat you over the head with it. The Jack character might.
The survivalist's very macho attitude on meeting Piper seemed premature and extreme, considering that it was very early in the apocalypse, and how could they be sure it really was the end of civilization? And telling her to keep her eyes down and her body covered was insulting, but who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of apparently all men? I suppose it might immediately happen that way, but I hold out hope that it might take a few weeks into the inevitable collapse of civilization before women are reduced to the role of property. But I digress.
I was surprised that so many of the survivalist group were immune to the plague. It seems unlikely that a group of unrelated people together before a pandemic would have immunity. And why are survivalists always depicted as rapists and murderers in books?
Results: a little uneven, a bit clichéd, but a fairly good read.
(In this story Naomi releases her pets into the wild, and rationalizes that cats retain their hunting instincts. Please don't release domesticated indoor cats and kittens outside and abandon them. They will most likely die starving and suffering. Kinder to kill them quickly.)
In my opinion, the characters all went to the same bad acting school. They are nearly all over-playing their parts. Whether this is due to a natural predisposition prior to the plague or is something that is a contributing factor in the changes we see happening afterward, I am unsure. It may also be the author being too heavy handed in drawing them.
This is especially seen in the interactions between Jack and Layla. for Jack, the stereotype of the immature, intolerant Christian minister is troweled on very thickly, while Layla is portrayed as so sure and comfortable in her beliefs that she can tolerate his outbursts. Their scenes are played out in such a manner as to show Jack acting more like an angry four year-old than someone who is supposed to be playing the part of a man of faith. So I have a very hard time liking the character of Jack because he is too hard to believe.
The Naomi - Macy - Piper story line is interesting once it gets going, though Naomi is another one who is over-acting. However, it is more understandable on her part.
I am interested to see how event will play out despite the issues I have with some of the nuts and bolts of the story. The book ends very abruptly, so I will have to read the next volume to see what happens.
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excellent writing and character development
must read especially folks from Colorado
cannot wait to read ms miner next book. we can survive
From the very first chapter I knew this book was better than any book I have read in years. I just couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Great read! I read a lot as I am bed ridden most of the time so for me to say it was a good book means something. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Port
This is the type of book that I really like. The only thing I felt was there were to many characters going in to many directions. But I loved it.Published 3 months ago by Larry Wilson
Who knew? I ran across this book by chance and loved it. I really liked the story and most of the characters. I think that a good editor would have helped. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tracy Lowe
This was disgusting! The idea and the main characters went through enough,the author didn't need to add the serious sick men in the story that were into hurting women.Published 4 months ago by Marie
The author couldn't resist using an interesting TEOTWAWKI plot to proselytize for new age witchcraft and to put down Christianity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James R. Ouimette
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