- File Size: 3269 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Lynn Lamb; 2 edition (June 26, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 26, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HUHVWZS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Monte Vista Village: A Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian Series (The Survivor Diaries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It is written in diary form by Laura from Monterey California. America has been nuked by countries that really don't like Americans. They also dropped a lot of plagues and such at the same time. Laura becomes the leader of her neighborhood, because she is somewhat prepared, and she talks a good game. She also believes in the essential goodness of humanity. And that's great and all, but I think things would break down a lot faster, and that not all humans are actually humane.
The first half of the book is mostly about surviving the first few weeks after the bombs are dropped. Everyone has to stay inside their homes because of radiation and plagues. The neighborhood keeps in touch using walkie-talkies, and a few ham radios. Laura suggests that they make up clubs to stay busy and occupy their minds. This is mostly how she becomes the leader.
After they can leave their homes she organizes everyone in The Village to pool resources, clean up, get supplies etc.
I believe that this is the authors first book, and it's not bad. A few spelling and grammar issues, not too distracting.
Results: a good first novel.
Things seemed so simple for Laura at one time and suddenly everything she knew or thought she knew was turned upside down. She found a strength in her she did not know she had. I felt as though I was with her during every sorrow, fear,triumph and tragedy. Bringing family or friends together is one thing but to rise up to create a new life for not only her family but strangers as well shows the strength of the human spirit I devoured this book in about 5 hours. I could not put it down. Lynn Lamb has inside her a gift to walk an unknown path as if she truly had lived the path with her gifted writing style. This book is amazing. Put it on your list as a must read! You will not be disappointed
I did not give this book five stars as it could benefit from a bit of polishing, but I look forward to the growth I'm certain will be found in the second of this series. This author has such potential and this reader is looking for more great stories from her.
Except for the beginning, the book became pretty boring. It really dragged at times, with too many "meetings" and too much trivia. And it was completely unbelievable that Laura became a leader and everyone obeyed her, without exception.
Grammar? The usual errors that make me grit my teeth: "to lie" and "to lay" errors; object pronouns used incorrectly.
"Mark joined Annie and I on the couch." Really? Would you say Mark joined I on the couch?
..."my for wife, Samantha, and I..." Really? ...for I? And on and on with these sorts of grammar errors. The author needs to replace the editors she recommends, Jason Weddell and Susan Hart. She even gives Susan Hart's email address. Good grief! Those two should be embarrassed to call themselves editors.
"...unless they make their selves known."
And the usual use of "try and" instead of "try to."
I won't be reading another of Ms. Lamb's books.
Monte Vista Village is first book in a post-apocolpytic America on the California coast. Most books along this line are overly dramatic. This one is based on what would be needed to survive nuclear and biohazard fallout and discusses what one family has done to prepare (they had a bit of warning). It involves the husband (Mark) and the mother (Annie) of the lead character, Laura, and this is her journal. Issues involve her husband's religion (Muslim), his place of origin (Sudan), his background (large family, multi-lingual, former soldier for the US) and their prior marital issues which are somewhat resolved due to the holocaust. Her mother is a secondary character. There is also a wonderful dog who does not die. (for dog lovers, this is important stuff!)
Laura ends up becoming the leader of a small group of people from her area that she meets first over a walkie-talkie. She's an accidental leader, someone who is able to encourage others to live life rather than focus on the destruction of the past. She has to come to terms with this new responsibility in her life. It is also about how she forges a community from a diverse group of neighbors who fortunately have diverse skills from construction to gardening, to oncology. There is also an irascible military man (retired) in the area who is somewhat of an anti-hero and the person Laura both clashes with and depends upon as the survivors attempt to come together to forge what they can from this new world.
If you are seeking thrills and chills this book is not for you. It is a thoughtful treatment of preparation, loss, endurance, and even some ability to prosper in relation to what the post-war world has to offer with no assistance from any outside source (no government).
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