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The Mountain and The City Paperback – December 1, 2012
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Warning though. There are a few spelling and grammatical issues. Don't let them throw you. And when you get suddenly to a part that says ZERO, keep reading. This was my only issue with the book: suddenly I was in a different story with a different voice -- I actually thought the novel was over and I was reading a preview. I wasn't. And I'm damned glad I kept reading or it would have robbed me of an excellent "conclusion".
Five stars. 100% worth the read.
Want to know what THAT feels like? Then read this book.
The best thing? Unlike that Humvee, you'll want to share this book with everyone. They'll be grateful, and you won't enjoy it any less.
Off to read every other book Brian Martinez has written…
Not only am I an author but I read more post-apocalyptic fiction than a person probably should. Up until this week, when people would ask me what my favorite book was I would answer with the classics such as "Swan Song" or "Lucifer's Hammer" or with even more recent hits like "Hater" or "Autumn."
The reason I prefaced my review with all that seemingly useless information is because in this saga that Brian Martinez has graced readers with, there is a strong point to be made in the elementary repetitive phrase "That's what life is."
In twenty nine years of my life I've never read a book that spoke to me in such a way that Brian Martinez's The Mountain and The City has. The book paints a necessarily simplistic picture of not only how dark and dangerous the post-apocalyptic world can be, but just how lonely and bleak it is. I especially enjoyed Zero because it wraps up everything so perfectly, allowing me to connect the dots throughout the saga.
Every single thing in The Mountain and The City has a purpose, has a life. The way everything "breathes" or "speaks" to the main character is spectacular. I enjoyed that no matter how old the main character is, she is still a Child herself, and perhaps this is why the bond between Sil and Child is so strong and necessary...
I read the entire book in two days, and I'd do it again tomorrow if I had the time. Thank you to the author for writing this book.
I really liked Brian Martinez's writing style. It took a while to figure out who the main character was, but I enjoyed how the main character's life was revealed in a steady progression. This is the kind of book that could spoil another's reading experience if I said too much.
I found "The Mountain and the City--the complete saga" to be a real page-turner, and I spent any spare time I had to read just a few more pages until I reached the end.
The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel, which I hope the author is considering. (Please follow up on the effects of the vaccine the main character received!)
If I were to provide any critique, without potential spoilers, I would say the last chapter is unnecessary. I felt, while revealing on some back-story elements, it fractured the immersive nature of the narrative.
I highly recommend.
The point of view is that of a (former) child who has been locked away for 10 years and has therefore missed being infected. When she witnesses a child sort-of-zombie in trouble, she leaves her safe place. More, and I'd be giving away the book.
The writing style is relatively unique and really pulled me in. The main characters are well developed and the story has a satisfying ending. For once, a good book that doesn't require me to wait for sequels. It doesn't pull its punches, either.
Definitely worth reading.