- Series: Harper Voyager Fiction
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062016318
- ISBN-13: 978-0062016317
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,307,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carry the Flame (Harper Voyager Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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“Gutsy...quirky characters and nonstop action....Tense, terse prose suits the setting and carries the story nimbly along.” (Publishers Weekly on Carry the Flame)
“Carry the Flame is the fight for hope and a better future. It is the rejection of a life of darkness, a life of fear. Last, Jaros’ The City of Shade makes Woodbury (the infamous town in The Walking Dead) look like summer camp.” (Amanda Makepeace, Imagination Run Amok on Carry the Flame)
“Stunning...Before you pick up this book, pack a survival kit, you’re not going anywhere until it’s done.” (The Big Chill, the International Thriller Writers magazine the International Thriller Writers magazine the International Thriller Writers magazine The Big Chill, International Thriller Writers magazine)
“Takes the idea of the post-apocalyptic men’s adventure tale and turns it on its head, with the simple idea that it focuses on female leads...Jaros’s characters are not two-dimensional stereotypes or caricatures...With truly stand-out moments, BURN DOWN THE SKY never falters.” (Bruce Grossman of Bookgasm.com)
“Utterly compelling...The language is powerful and evocative, and it moves at a rapid clip start to finish. I give Burn Down the Sky a big thumb’s-up.” (Suzanne Johnson, Preturnatura)
“BURN DOWN THE SKY is one of those books I could not stop reading...Thinking about it, even now, makes my heart pound.” (Amanda Makepeace, Imagination Run Amok)
“Jaros has crafted such a vividly ravaged world that I could almost feel the grit on my fingers as I turned each page. And I couldn’t stop turning them!” (Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the Skinners series)
“James Jaros does a phenomenal job with world building in BURN DOWN THE SKY...an edgy, dark thriller that keeps the reader engaged from the very first page. The action is relentless and adds to the tension.” (Debbie Wiley Book Reviews)
“BURN DOWN THE SKY is an intense, amazing, post-apocalyptic tale of unleashed terror and undying hope. This is gifted writing, and a superb, brilliant thriller.” (Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the Skinners series)
“Burn Down the Sky blends science fiction and thriller genres but I’d call it one of more the literate novels I’ve read in 2011.” (from the International Thriller Writers' Interview)
From the Back Cover
Tomorrow's world is a wasteland, decimated by vengeful nature and disease . . . And those who rule the ruins worship a cruel and terrible god.
Tomorrow's world is a wasteland, decimated by vengeful nature and disease . . .
And those who rule the ruins worship a cruel and terrible god.
Having survived the terror of the Alliance and the single-minded fanaticism of its hideous religion, a caravan of survivors moves quickly into the Great American Desert, the wastes of what once was America's heartland. With her daughters at her side—recently rescued Ananda and her daring older sister, Bliss—Jessie hopes to find sanctuary in the Arctic, now rumored to be temperate. But their enemies are powerful and relentless, and will not rest until they possess the caravan's most precious treasures: their prepubescent female children, a stolen tanker filled with fuel . . . and a pair of frightened twins, whom the Army of God calls "demon."
But the danger in pursuit pales before the horror that lies ahead when Jessie, the marauder-turned-ally Burned Fingers, and the innocents in their care face the savagery, the madness, and the monsters that dwell in the terrifying City of Shade.
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The creep factor even went up a notch. And that's saying something coming from me, who's been reading this dark end-of-the-world stuff for decades. The main characters, Jessie, and her two daughters and marauder-turned-semi-boyfriend, go through an even bigger harrowing adventure when they try to cross the Great American Desert, or the Bloodlands, as the convicts of a secret city call it.
When the caravaners are captured and carried to this creepy City of Shade, they are up to their necks in filth, crazed women and children, and hardened convicts ready to rape and do even worse to these poor women. And if that wasn't enough, drop some giant komodo dragons in the mix!
Although a lot of the action scenes are not up to snuff with other books I read, they are definitely not bad. And Jaros does a splendid job of portraying people who have inherited this heat-blasted new world. And especially the hardened children who know nothing better.
I look forward to the sequel.
Surviving the Alliance was only the beginning of a long, painful journey for Ananda, her family and the new group of survivors travelling with them. At times, I was horrified by the images/scenes in Jaros' nightmarish post-apocalypse world. The depths people have fallen into was shocking, but the devastating world also gave birth to individuals who refuse to let go of their humanity. Even in the darkest moments Jaros instills an underlying sense of hope. No one is left unscathed by the hostile lands but their choices are still their own.
Even the youngest characters amazed me with their bravery and willingness to believe better days were ahead. Burn Down the Sky was a call to arms. Carry the Flame is the fight for hope and a better future. It is the rejection of a life of darkness, a life of fear.
Last, Jaros' The City of Shade makes Woodbury (the infamous town in The Walking Dead) look like summer camp. Just sayin'.
Carry the Flame might be your typical Armageddon "the world is ending" type book. But it also shows so much human nature. The will to survive, no matter how dismal the conditions are. The lusts of man left unchecked. (Even the possibilities of rape, justified by a warped religion)...it saddens me that Mr Jaros was able to show so easily the cruelty of what mankind is capable of, both to him and the earth we live on.
I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.
I thought this was a good read, but I wish the author had a better view of religion. Maybe he IS right, but maybe, just MAYBE...there CAN be Good along with God...right??
sigh...However, all feelings aside, this was a very good, very fast read.
Carry the Flame continues to surprise and keep readers engaged as each character struggles just to make it another day. Whether it's being chained, naked, and designated the "Porn Queen," or it's a tiny girl slowly, carefully carrying IED through a dark and dangerous former prison, Jaros sweeps the reader ever onward, all while on the edge of their seat.