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Pierced by the Sun
A gripping tale of murder and redemption by the author of Like Water for Chocolate. Learn More
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excellent character development, especially the narrator, as well as all the other central characters, good, neutral or evil. Seldom one-dimensional, the characters are usually fairly well rounded.
The effects of a nearby nuclear explosion seem to have been well researched, and the effects of this over a long period of time seem likely and believable.
The scenario suggested that caused WWIII is extremely unlikely, and threw me out of the story for a few pages. But this is a very peripheral part of the book, and one bad small note shouldn't destroy your appreciate of an otherwise fine performance.
I loved it, plain and simple... it's not an action-packed book where things are blowing up every five seconds, your hero is a Bruce Willis who shoots his way out of spots and baddies swarm our heroes with overwhelming odds... the story centers around a small group of survivors and their interaction - good and bad - as they try to figure out what has happened in their world. The characterizations are realistic and you feel for these people at the end.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!
This story has in it what I love the most about post apocalyptic stories. The tales of how people can survive no matter what happens to them. These people go through some pretty tough hardships, but the subtle hope that is throughout this tale makes it such a good book. Although this lady seemed to be out of the ordinary in how she set up her basement, I do know people that are end of the world survivalists. There are people in this world that are very like her, so it was easy for me to suspend some belief in that area. The best part of this book is how it shows what happens after the bombs.
The storyline is very well-developed and my favorite books are page-turners you just can't put down until you reach the end. This is one of them! There was NO WAY I was going to bed until I found out what happened next....and then finished it and liked the ending very much!
First, it was good to return to the good old days when the world ended in nuclear fire. Zombies, viruses, vampires, and even runaway weather have had their days in the sun recently. Returning to the roots of the fall of civilization was a welcome change. And it was good to see nations providing the decimation rather than a rogue terrorist organization. It's good to see old adversaries having a solid throw-down. Besides, who's ever developed a weapon they haven't used? Sure, America nuked Japan, but those devices were crude. Today's nuclear destruction potential is just much more glorious!
But I did have some issues. The story moved slow in the beginning. I expected... I don't know, more to happen, I guess. With all the people at the aide station, it seems the surroundings of the main character's house would or could have been visited. People poking around in the debris looking for food comes to mind. Wounded looking for a place to rest also works. The aide station all but demonstrated the vast numbers, either in line or in the few cots. That none would go rummaging through the wreckage, making noise... I think this might have been a missed opportunity.
Someone else brought up the main character's poking her nose in the aide station and leaving virtually unmolested is a bit of a stretch. I would agree with that. The tension I felt in that scene I thought would certainly come from her being severely punished for trying what she tried. Guards, more guards, even more guards, and justice meted out by the bullet. Civilized behavior is just a thin veneer over the brutality we're all capable of. I don't think, really, the powers in charge would have looked kindly on Joann's pilfery.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read most of Druga's books, and I really enjoyed this story. It truly captured the distinct ways people react to horrible situations and the ability some have to overcome... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Paula Poppenhager
This book reveals what would be a terrible time, and yet all through the the story there is a glimmer of hope. I loved the book.Published 7 months ago by Sandlyn
Couldn't get past the first few pages. Not sure if it was the Suburban Soccer Mom point of view of the Apocalypse or the stilted writing, not that I could do any better, or even... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Roger Ramjet
Check out all the other Druga novels. All just as poorly written as this. I swear this woman had to flunk English in High School if she even graduated.Published 12 months ago by Heater
I just love Druga's writing. She just pulls you into her stories and characters and you are magically there! What a great story and emotional rollercoaster I have been on. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sandra B
I enjoyed this book. Disaster and tragedy. My kind of book!Published 22 months ago by Jacquelyn Johnson
An interesting book about a bad news future for earth. It was interesting to follow the characters struggle through it.Published 23 months ago by Victor Nettle