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Hood: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel (American Rebirth Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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They're meant to be in a post apocalyptic world but they're driving around in multiple vehicles, they've usually got all manner of guns and they're hungry but they've never starving and they've always got what they need... so things don't actually seem that bad. And there's meant to be these feral human monsters, but the main character ends up killing a massive one while he's chained to a wall - so straight away they don't even seem all that terrible. Also, despite the apparent post apocalyptic state of the world, the main character manages to procure multiple hoodies - hence his namesake.
There's this motif that's apparently set up at the very beginning, where it's all an allusion to Robin Hood - he's a bandit for a small town, he's a great shot, he's stealing supplies to feed his people and going up against the evil Sheriff... and his nickname is Hood... but then it all sort of peters out and gets ditched. It could be that the similarities were unintentional but there were just too many of them for this to be believable.
There's this one female character in it that is just perpetually playing with her hair, that really stood out. The narration cuts to her, randomly, about three quarters of the way through for some reason and then we never hear from her again. Also, I'm not entirely sure the main character actually qualifies as a protagonist, he gets captured and rescued so many time's that it's almost like he's a side character in his own book. Finally, there's this reveal about half way through that's meant to be shocking but it's not. It's almost like the story follows Hood simply because of who the main antagonist is, who I might add has a world view that makes zero sense.
The writing, bar a few spelling and formatting errors that an editor should've picked up on, was by far the best part of this book. What was being said was never that compelling or original but how it was being said always was. The author has a solid understanding of how weave narration and dialogue together, it's just the plot and world building that need some attention.
I'd like to see what this author can do when they put a little more time and effort into a story. I'll probably grab book 2 down the line, just to see where it goes.
There are some typos: 'lead' for 'led', some missing words, 'addicted to' for 'addicting' and a couple more. One sentence 'has found sign of Kerry' omitted the 'no' before sign, reversing the meaning of the line. Oh well, I need something frivolous now to clear the mind.
Although the setting of the book is incredibly dark and scary, the author does a good job of lightening up the plot with occasional bits of humor. Overall it was a great read and I'm looking forward to the sequel!