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- File size : 2488 KB
- Publication date : April 9, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B06Y2BWG9R
- Print length : 406 pages
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #615,283 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Post apocalyptic is a really hard genre to write, I think, in that it's really hard to do it in a way that doesn't feel tired and used. There are only so many ways the world can end. Finding one that is new is nearly impossible, so we rely on the authors to make the experience of the aftermath new. J. D. Palmer does just that in his novel, The Meek. He rips you through the pages into the emotional aftermath of a world gone wrong.
The reader lives with Harlan as he stumbles through torture, captivity, and despair. A young man who was questioning his position in the world filled with people is now forced to face himself and his own demons (recent and distant past). I love a book that can make me feel, and Palmer does an amazing job of this. The horror of their captivity, the distrust of others, the despair of ever being anything more than somebody at the bottom rung, the belief that even if your place isn't a good place, it is where you were meant to be; it all becomes something the reader experiences through Harlan. The relationship that builds between Harlan and Beryl is so real. There are ups and downs and hovering spectre of possible love alive. But there is the very real connection that people have when they have suffered alongside one another.
Palmer is a master at the perfect rollercoaster. His characters find a bit of peace to recuperate before he rips them back into the uncertainty and terror of being just 2 against the masses...and the masses are rabid. Charismatic leaders reminiscent of the Governor in TWD vie with religious nutjobs and militaristic patriots for the creepiest facet of humanity faced by the MCs. The adrenaline rushes followed by peaceful lulls in which you think they might actually get a break create a story that doesn't compel you, it propels you. You are shoved forward into the next horror of humanity, and you start jonesing for that next adrenaline fix while silently praying for a moment of peace.
Through it all is the overwhelming question of morality. When society is no longer around to hold you accountable...what is moral? Saving the ones you love at the possible detriment to the human race? Putting your own needs above that of humanity? Sacrificing the ones you know and love for the greater good? Does turning a blind eye to things because they don't involve you make you a monster or a survivalist? What is too much? what will force you to act? Palmer is a true storyteller, leading us on a heart-breaking chase through a plausible reality, should society come to a screeching halt. This is the first book in a trilogy, and I am definitely going to be reading the rest.
It is written in achingly beautiful prose you won’t soon forget. There are scenes that will haunt you for many nights. The main character, Harlan, is about as complex as any I can remember. And it is Harlan that is the main source of my frustration and gnashing of teeth. I pitied him, had sympathy for him, hated him, was disgusted by him, admired him, and laughed at him at various points. Harlan, like most of the characters, is an exceedingly stupid man at times. He makes the same stupid mistakes over and over. His stupidity is even more striking since he was supposed to have been a very smart kid. His sheer tenacity is his saving grace and sets him apart. Every time I was ready to throw in the towel (and throw the book away), he would manage to distinguish himself just enough to keep me reading. He is anything but a coward but any normal person observing his behavior would think so. He always manages to say the wrong thing at the wrong time – causing himself even more grief that would otherwise occur. Keep in mind this is entitled ‘The Meek’ and that term is very appropriate. Since this is number one of a trilogy . By the end of this one Harlan is a hero – and an idiot, so who knows what’s ahead?
As I said, 99% of the survivors here are stupid – Lord have mercy can’t just one time in one of these books a character go to the library and get some self-help / DIY guides and make a life? At least here people still know how to drive cars and shoot guns and one even has solar power (that would be my first task).
All that being said, I have no choice but to grant this five stars. Not only did it stir up so many powerful emotions in me, but I will remember it always.
The Meek is a different take on the "virus kills all but a few" P/A survival stories, complicated by apparently implicating the Chinese with starting it- and invading San Francisco. Great characters, good story, but with a lot of philosophical moralizing. Good enough that I'll try the second in the trilogy.
The Monsters is also very well written, but with less action and so much more of the philosophical moralizing, mental flashbacks and psychological cogitation of the two main characters, most of which is unimportant filler, and repetitive. I ended up fast forwarding though about half of this book- until I came to the highly improbable, and cliff hanger, ending. I won't be buying the third and final installment.