- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475000774
- ISBN-13: 978-1475000771
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,724,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Caretaker Paperback – March 26, 2012
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No big surprises here, but a nice solid story. I recommend it to anyone that wants a quick, quiet read.
The sub-genre of apocalyptic and post apocalyptic independent novelettes, novellas and novels is very popular at this time, move over shiny vampires and pouting werewolves.
To me, the best part about this sub-genre (and indie work in general) is its' 'inclusiveness'.
Much like the Star Trek/Star Wars fan fiction, writers of these kinds of books have allowed themselves to completely dive into the realm of the genre and envision what the survivors of these catastrophic events might need/do in order to survive.
It is with this in mind, that one should read/review 'Caretaker' and other works similar to it.
I give caretaker 4 stars. Which is in my thinking a 'slightly better then average' read.
I am not a member of the grammar police, so I have no qualms about occasional spelling/grammar issues that are often found in indie works. I will note them in my reviews based on their disruption to the story flow. This story has minor grammar issues, however they did not majorly impact the overall story flow.
The characters are unique, believable, likeable. While a longer work might have been able to flesh out the characters a bit more, I feel given the novellas brevity they were complete enough to understand there actions/motivations.
I was able to connect to the characters, feel their sorrows with them, and joy as they found each other, shared their stories, and began a new.
Pace (flow) of the plot: The plot unfolded in such a manor that it took a fair amount of time to understand were the author was directing the reader, which was to have us (the reader) consider mankind's need to be connected to other humans, how survivors might re-group, and reshape society.
As a side note, when you consider the length of the story, a fair amount of time is spent discussing God, faith, hope. I believe these are important themes to discuss in this genre and give the author 'kudos' for sharing his ideas on the topic.
Plot resolution, in as much as an post apocalyptic storyline can have resolution, this novella has a satisfying ending.
I recommend this story to those who enjoy independent, apocalyptic and post apocalyptic works.
"It was almost five o'clock. There were a couple more hours of sunlight, but too many things could go wrong if he tried to work outside after it had gotten dark. So he drove home and would finish wiring up the generator the next day."
I mean, please! Here's a suggested rewrite:
"It was five o'clock with work remaining. Fearing the dark, he drove home determined to finish wiring the generator in the morning."
Suggest the author either (a) invest in a very solid editor or (b) enroll in some college writing classes.