- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (July 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935670891
- ISBN-13: 978-1935670896
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,229,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fallen Paperback – July 27, 2011
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*Night Owl Reviews Top Pick* This book had all of the key elements to keepme turning the pages in anticipation. It has adventure, horror,suspense, joy, love, passion and questions that build upon each otheruntil the end. I was sucked into the world and found myself rooting for the heroin. So many of the characters were like friends, that I feltbereft when the story ended.- Night Owl Reviews
*2012 Reviewers Choice Awards, Paranormal Romance Guild*
I wascompletely engrossed in the story... The ending was bittersweet, I didn'tget the resolution that I expected and that is okay because this book is the first one part of a trilogy.
I enjoyed the author's storytelling because it was riveting, but theending left me stunned. Emma's last sight out of the plane is what Iremember the most and it was not a good feeling for me. I can't wait for the follow up book because my emotions are dangling on a cliff. - Paranormal Romance Guild
Fallen doesn't fall short of having it all. - Seacoast Online
About the Author
Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels, including IMMORTAL (BantamDell) and BROKEN; the award-winning dystopian After Series which includes FALLEN, COLD LIGHT, FAR SHORE and BLOOD SKY; the bittersweet romantic comedy THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE; and the vampire art history romp THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. She has also published the lyrical poetry collection DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE and THE ART OF LIFE, a photo-essay about figurative sculpture through the ages. Her book PIERCING TIME & SPACE explores the meeting ground of science and spirituality.
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The author manages to make this story plausible and holds the reader's attention with her beautiful writing. I look forward to the next two parts of this trilogy.
Emma, a well-known artist Before, has gathered up eight children under her wing, protecting and caring for them. One of them is her own – 5-year-old Mandy. It’s been rough, though, and she can’t keep it up alone much longer. Out there roaming around what used to be France are large bands of cannibals, rapists, slavers, and other humans with dark intentions. There are also good people. You just never know who you’re going to find.
Arthur was well-accomplished Before: a classified military scientist researcher and supposedly brilliant. He’s now the leader of a large camp of men of varying specialties. He’s trying to rebuild the world and he’s a little off his rocker. Fierce, loyal, determined, ambitious, controlling, and jealous, Arthur isn’t exactly a shining example of mankind. He is not, however, a cannibal and he won’t hurt the children.
Can Emma and Arthur each make sacrifices to connect with each other and help each other with their goals? Will Arthur understand when Emma explains that her husband and oldest daughter are still alive in Canada, and she wants to get back to them? Will Emma understand when Arthur explains his own secret?
REVIEW | Fallen explores the grittier side of what could happen in a post-apocalyptic setting. Lives are clearly divided into Before and After, and survivors battle with the guilt as they can’t reconcile the two. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect romance with two adorably perfect main characters, walk away now. This isn’t a YA novel. What you get instead are two adults with massive flaws and faults trying to survive in a world that is literally trying to kill them. As Emma says, this isn’t a time for judging. It’s a time for surviving.
The stories portrayed by Slatton aren’t heart-warming. People are hurt and people die. There is no redemption at the end of the first novel; there is no happy ending. These two people are thrown together in an intense situation and they each are doing their best with what sanity they’ve got left. Neither main character is incredibly lovable. Emma is married to another man whom she knows is alive, yet she is having sexual relations with Arthur. Arthur is a downright controlling and jealous bastard who can be vicious when he so chooses. There isn’t flowery language and poetry going on here.
Despite this, though, the way that Slatton has written the novel sweeps right past my critical-of-romance alarms (you don’t even want to hear me go off on Twilight) and hits the entertainment button.
Note: There aren’t really graphically described sexual scenes such as in a Harlequin book, but the matter is discussed cavalierly and referenced casually. If that’s not your thing, you’re not going to be interested in this book. If you are triggered by rape and violence, please avoid this book.
CONCLUSION | I hesitate to recommend this book to just anyone because it’s not for everyone. However, if you enjoy dark, gritty peeks into possible human nature reactions in apocalyptic settings, you will probably enjoy this novel.
Thank you Traci Slatton.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Fallen free through the FSB Media review program. I then purchased my own copy. I was not required to write a positive review and did not receive any other compensation. The opinions I have expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Because I'm not a huge fan of the post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian genres, I was a bit hesitant to read Fallen. But once I got started there was nothing that could have kept me from finishing this fantastically written story. Packed with danger and excitement, twists and turns, and an amazing love story, Fallen is one of those books that you just have to have!
A strange mist has destroyed most of the earth and has killed millions of people. Those that have survived move from place to place trying to avoid the poisonous gas while scavenging for food, clothing, and shelter. They also try to avoid the hostile bands of rogues and those people who have been driven to madness.
Along the way Emma, and her young daughter Mandy, rescue several children. And though they are doing well enough for themselves, Emma needs to find a "safe" haven for her "family". She needs more than just her to protect all ten of them. So when a group of men ride into the town she is currently in, she singles out the leader and offers up herself in exchange for their safety. She had no way to know that in making this decision, she would face unparalleled danger from Russians and cannibal rogue's and could find, quite possibly the greatest love she has ever known.
Though Arthur is good at protecting the men in his camp and wants to rebuild a better world, will he be able to face the ramifications of what he's done in the past? More importantly, will Emma?
Fallen is an intense and wondrous ride that you won't want to end. Thank goodness book two, Cold Light is already out! Please Traci, write book three quickly!!
5 of 5 stars
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