- File Size: 1467 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital (August 26, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZSQHQOO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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The New Wild Kindle Edition
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When the teens go off on their overnight hike, the girls to one area and the boys to another, Mother Nature starts her fire and purges the Earth burning up nearly everything man-made. Jackie is the only female survivor and runs into a older woman who survived in her cabin who explains what she thinks has happened and that Mother Nature is involved. She teaches Jackie to survive to try to make the trek west to Oregon.
When Jackie starts off on her journey she comes across Xander finding he’s also survived the fire. The two still share some animosity but don’t want to try to journey west alone so they team up to find if their families survived.
This book starts off with Jackie and Xander both being a little on the bratty side for supposedly 17 year olds which made them feel a bit younger but after the story got going I actually rather enjoyed the author’s “New Wild”. The things that the come across and their journey was rather fun to read about and imagine.
Jackie and Xander seemed to do a lot of growing up together and it worked nicely. A lovely blend of fantasy in a real world setting. The writing and story is a bit on the simple side but it made for a fun, quick read that I rather enjoyed.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the concept behind this story... that mother nature, or let's say the earth itself, has risen up against misuse and has decided to do something to correct the wrongs done to it. You kind of have to suspend disbelief and think of it as a thinking being that was able to take independent action, think of a plan and execute it to get rid of anyone it felt wasn't a friend of the earth. When the characters are first introduced, they're all at a co-ed summer camp, but break off on their own to camp in separate areas. Jackie wakes up to find herself floating in the air while her campsite and everyone in it, burns. For a while she's on her own and learning to survive, and I really loved watching her learn survival skills from an unexpected character, and I love how strong she grew.
I admit, at first, I hated Xander just as much as Jackie did because he came across as a big jerk. Very arrogant. But I guess there must be something about being a survivor of your camp mates burning to death that changes you. Not completely, but a bit. These two meet up and discover the other survived, and this is when things get interesting. They did have a hate relationship at first, but I loved watching how the author maneuvered them through this and gradually worked them into friends, co-survivors and finally into romance. It was very well done, and I loved watching it.
Something really unexpected to this story was that there was a touch of fantasy to it. Bubbles you can pop that will cause different trees and fruit-bearing trees to grow on the spot, unicorns, etc. This made this really different than your run of the mill end-of-the-world story. I loved this aspect and thought it was new, fascinating, and refreshing.
I loved the author's writing, the pacing of the story, and the character growth. Both characters went from pampered to powerful, cocky to kind and honorable. It was a great journey. If I had any complaints, it would be that the ending felt a little rushed to me, but not enough to ruin the story for me. A very good read!
Well guess what? Mother Nature is pissed! In The New World by Holly Brasher we are thrown into a world where Mother Nature has decided to take things into her own hands and rid the Earth of EVERYTHING that isn't natural...and those who haven't been doing their part to take care of it.
Our story begins at a summer camp, which actually seems more like a 5 star resort. The kids spend all day on their computers and tablets. They have their own private bedrooms inside of their cabins. They eat freeze dried food and don't even bother with recycling the packaging when they are done. Except for Jackie. She keeps all of the containers that she used during her stay to recycle when she returns home.
Summer camp is nearing its end and all the the girls and boys that are in their last year of camp get to go on a special camping trip that has always been kept hush hush. It is during the night of that trip that Mother Nature decides to make humans pay for the damage that they have done. Jackie, for one reason or another, survives this attack and finds herself alone wondering what she is going to do. She is in the middle of nowhere and over 3,000 miles away from home.
Our story then follows Jackie along in her journey to get home to her mom...who she hopes is still alive.
A lot was going on in The New World, but unfortunately not very much of it was very good.
In the beginning there was a horrible attempt at dialog between 3 teenage girls. It felt forced and unnatural. It felt as though Brasher really did not understand how a teenage girl thinks and just went off of what she thought they would sound and act like. Stereotype usage was very strong.
Then there was the use of language. There were actually a lot of swear words. More than you would normally come across in a young adult title. Part of me is just writing about the swear words for you to be aware in case you don't like them in your literature, the other part of me found it weird. They felt used to create feeling in what the characters were thinking or feeling at the time. Also, sometimes they would be used in full force or the weaker form that is less offensive would be used. It just felt odd and it was very noticeable.
As far as characters go. They were pretty flat and not developed well. Relationships between them were the same. It was rather disappointing.
But the most disappointing thing about this book is pretty much nothing really happens for the majority of the book! The whole story is pretty flat just like its characters. That being said, when things actually did "happen" they were either gross and nasty or very very weird.
I am probably being more than a little generous in my rating of this book, but there were some things that I thought were done okay. Some of the descriptions were nicely done and I had no problem imagining them.
Read this one at your own risk. It is short though and doesn't take long to get through, so you won't end up wasting too much of your time on it if you decide to give it a chance anyways.
2 of 5 stars
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Rating: 4 / 5
Released Date: 26th August 2015
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Full Fathom...Read more