- File Size: 767 KB
- Print Length: 201 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475199325
- Publication Date: April 13, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007U3A23U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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On the downside, this book could use a good copy-editing. I'm only going into this level of detail because the author specifically asks for feedback, good or bad, but some very consistent issues I ran into include:
* Periods between dialogue and tags, instead of commas. EXAMPLE: "...we've been going hard ever since." Quinn assured him. This should be, "...we've been going hard ever since," Quinn assured him (the tag continues the sentence; it's not its own sentence).
* In contrast, commas instead of periods between dialogue and action that isn't a tag. EXAMPLE: The man shook his head in disgust, "Damn sheep." This should be, The man shook his head in disgust. "Damn sheep." (It's 2 sentences).
* Quotation marks around direct thoughts, instead of italicizing those thoughts.
I would also suggest that, since the author starts going into the different characters' points of view about halfway through the book, she consider doing her first POV change somewhere in the first few chapters, just to establish the normal setting (early in the story it uses "I" instead of "she," so it may originally have been meant to be limited to first person), but that's pretty minor stuff. The fact that I seriously enjoyed the read despite consistent dialogue punctuation errors speaks to how fast-paced the plot is, and how likable the characters. More, please!
My biggest problem with this book is its implausibility. Assuming that an EMP does wipe out all the circuits, which actually won't happen, there is a lot of technology that can be used: generators, old carburetors, wells, heaters. Even electricity would eventually come back. For anyone stuck in a snowstorm without electricity for a week, civilization doesn't break down. Morality doesn't immediately disintegrate. And if it did, the military, completely absent in the book, would be out in force.
Our heroes are teenage kids who loot stores and handle automatic rifles, but it is all okay in this post-apocalyptic world because the world has gone into chaos. This is a post-apocalyptic book that would fit a teenager's dream about what a post-apocalyptic world would be like. Our heroes meet random obstacles, triumph, and persevere through the craziness.
As for the characters, they were okay. Every one had their own personality and was fairly developed. It was a little odd at the end of the book, though. The first half was only in Alex's point of view. Then at the the end, the point of views started switching.
In the end, as for YA fiction, I would say this is more for teens than those in their twenties and higher.
Typing out a halfhearted story without even having enough consideration to proofread is equally insulting. You want people to pay you for a product, but do not care to take the time to properly space a paragraph?
So, super long story short:
1.) The story had a promising base idea.
2.) The characters were bland and generic, they did not evolve with the story and were difficult to relate to
3.) There was little if any thought, planning or research done resulting in a lack of believably, realism and relativity
4.) The editing was either deficient or completely non existent, making the story an arduous read at best
5.) The story felt like it was written in a hasty and impatient manner rather than being penned with a passion for the world and characters that the author created.
6.) The author made me feel that this book was as unbearable a chore for her to write and it was excruciating for me to finish reading.
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