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- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publication Date: March 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XXXJ3VT
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this book. While I'm not a huge follower of post-apocalyptic fiction, I do enjoy it from time to time. Gayou's take on the theme tends to focus on more of the details of what would actually happen in such a societal break-down, and how the people who are left would cope with the new reality. Most other books, movies and TV shows in the genre tend to break down into simple good vs. evil melodrama, with survivors aggregating into one of those two camps and battling it out, with a heavy focus on the violence. Commune has some of those themes, of course, but the book takes a more cerebral approach to exploring the reality of what would actually happen.
The structure of the story is clever, told in first-person from several of the main characters' points of view. At first this threw me a little bit, as I would confuse characters when the POV shifted. But from about half-way through the book all of the chapters are from a single character's POV so it becomes a little easier to follow along.
There were a few editing issues I spotted, along with a couple of minor plot problems, but these were few and far between. Overall the prose was MUCH cleaner than I've come to expect from rookie novelists. And they weren't enough to throw off my reading rhythm or to affect my enjoyment of the story.
And I did enjoy it. I found myself tearing through the story faster than I usually do with some of my favorite big-name authors. This is presented as book one in a series, and I find myself looking forward to the continuation of the story. Well done, Mr. Gayou.
This book surprised me a lot!! While it follows the basic rule of a post apocalyptic book, it isn't the plot that makes this shine, it's the characters and it's the way the story is told! It's told to us as a story, the narrator is recording how the Commune came to be but we also see the same story told through multiple characters POV. Now, that can sometimes be awful but it works here, and works well!!
This focuses on 4 people. Jake, Billy, Amanda and her daughter, Lizzy. How the four came together is something you will have to read the book to find out, because I don't want to spoil it! But it's a heartbreaking journey for some of them. I loved how they came together, and I think the author does a fantastic job with it. But it doesn't just stop with them meeting, nope, the journey continues as a group and is captivating and addicting!! I absolutely devoured it.
Every single character is well written and developed, which is rare in a debut book. There is depth to these characters that really captured my attention. Amanda and Lizzy have a hard journey, but they come out stronger. Billy is a great character and a real father figure. Jake is mysterious and I really can't wait to find out more about him. He is a fantastic character!! I also liked the fact that there isn't a love story here! While there's potential, I'm glad the author didn't feel the need to create one, especially after what Amanda endured.
In all, this is a story of survival when nothing is available anymore. The author really makes you realise how things can change in the blink of an eye! He puts a lot into the world building, but even more into the character development and what he has created was a memorable read, and I can not wait for the next one!!!
R.C Bray... let's all bow down to the awesomeness that is R.C Bray! His range of tones and voices is impressive and he really knows how to tell a story!! A good story teller can draw you into the book and make you forget everything else, well this is what Bray does. He drew me in and made the story effortless to listen to. It played in my head like a movie and I loved it!! He is a narrator I could listen to every day and feel like I was listening to different people. Amazing performance!!
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
I just love the characters and their interactions - Joshua did an excellent job at bringing the reader into the scenes and making the reader empathize with the characters.
I enjoyed how the author dealt with the realism of normal, everyday people not knowing their way around firearms. It really brings a sense of reality to the book! I do, however, feel like it might be a bit much sometimes. I'm kind of torn on the point because on one hand the information is correct, but on the other, it just seems to happen a little too often for my liking. There were a few typos here and there, but nothing that took me out of the story. Between these two issues I had, they were the only reason I didn't rate as five stars.
The author did an excellent job at bringing a different slant to the military during/after the apocalypse... all too often, we see the military as "the bad guy". I like how Joshua brought some humanity to the servicemen as well as making me actually give a damn about the characters. Joshua really has something here. I've already purchased book 2 and will most likely get the audiobook as well.
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