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Hood: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel (American Rebirth Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The prose is refreshingly youthful and down to earth. The characters are well developed and relatable.
Throughout the book, there are two prevailing themes: Loss of innocence/Coming of age, and the blurred dichotomy of good vs evil.
The characters are confronted with a completely altered sense of reality- complete with different rules, norms, and mores. They have no choice but to adjust their mindsets in accordance with these new norms, and are often forced to make quick life and death decisions in the name of survival.
Gritty yet filled with heart, this book speaks to the dark animalistic nature buried deep inside us all. The drive for survival in a chaotic and unpredictable world.
This work will resonate strongly with the post graduate entering into a competitive dog-eat-dog world.
There are several unexpected twists and turns, betrayals and undying loyalties.
You will find yourself rooting for the protagonist time and again as he faces the impossibly difficult task of fighting for what he truly believes in.
A “coming of age” type story — there was a lot of parallels that many people could pull from this story. The world has become an incredibly dark and competitive place (the actual world) and the things that the characters must go through in this story really find common ground in today’s world. Pickering seems to dance the line between reality and his fiction by placing real world struggles in his fictional world.
I’m a little bummed that this wasn’t on audiobook — I really feel like this is one of those stories that a narrator could really turn into a masterpiece. A great narrator combined with Pickering writing style — I think this book would sell really well.
This was another book that I could see a movie (or even better, a mini-series) being made from. There was just so much going on at all times, and so many different ways that the story could have played out that I think that an American audience would love to “witness” it as it was happening.
If you are looking for the next best post-apocalyptic tale to read, look no further than HOOD. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
I suppose my overall impression is that this did not feel like a final draft to me: there were some significant holes<spoiler> (ie, so how is it that Whiskey is able to find Hood and save the day again?!)</spoiler>, and some areas that really could have been fleshed out to make the story SO much better. <spoiler>For example, Hood and Whiskey are all about saving Hood's sister and there is reference to how great Whiskey and the sister's relationship is, but we really see like, almost no screen time of it. Yeah, fine, I get wanting to save family and whatever, but the sister needs more presence in the book before she is kidnapped because really, as a reader I didn't care about her at all at that point.</spoiler> From a world-building perspective, there are a variety of different zombie-like creatures, but there is no rhyme or reason given for how and/or why these creatures exist, and they are dropped in so sparsely that they do not become a part of the landscape... The villain didn't work for me either. I wasn't able to grasp his worldview and what he was really trying to do, and I have a feeling the author understands the villain's motivations and beliefs in a way that really could make sense (think: any of history's known horrific leaders) -- but I didn't get him. There wasn't enough shown about how he became powerful, how his followers thought, etc. And, the scene with Hood's parents made absolutely no sense to me. Maybe I just missed something.
I liked that there is more to this novel than just a story. I liked how the first death in the book is woven through the book up until the very end. I liked that the book brought up issues ripe for discussion. I would have liked to have seen more of this in some ways... I am by no means a Robin Hood scholar (hmm I think my brain actually references Disney's version...), but I always enjoy mixing a little bit of history/philosophy/literature into pleasure reading. Perhaps all I would have needed was simply some notes from the author explaining some of his inspiration and what he was trying to accomplish and/or giving me a short refresher course on the Robin Hood tales.
I hope this review does not sound overly critical, as there are definitely some individual scenes that approach perfection. The characters are pretty great (the girls do need more work than the boys, though), and the descriptions really are put together well. All it really needs is a little bit more work piecing together the pieces. 4.5 stars.
This is the first book in a trilogy and I can't wait to read the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone. Some atrocious conditions inside, but no, rape scenes, etc. Like so many of the other books in this genre.