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From the Author
Outcome (A Breakers Novella) - amazon.com/dp/B00B1I5GA4/
Breakers (Breakers, Book 1) - amazon.com/dp/B007712HM4/
Melt Down (Breakers, Book 2) - amazon.com/dp/B009S17UG4/
Knifepoint (Breakers, Book 3) - amazon.com/dp/B00BH07V54/
Reapers (Breakers, Book 4) - amazon.com/dp/B00EBZHH2E/
Cut Off (Breakers, Book 5) - amazon.com/dp/B00JJVYTCQ/
Launched in 2012, the post apocalyptic Breakers novels have sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00EBZHH2E
- Publication date : August 6, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 628 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #682,030 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But...if you were expecting this book to continue the first 3 you would be right and wrong. Like the first 3 it is a self contained story with little or nothing to do with the other books. We get mention of the aliens near the end and then it's in passing. In the epilogue the woman and her brother in Hawaii are mentioned in what appears to be a setup for the next book. Walt is nowhere to be found.
This book is the story of two different groups and their struggle/stories in the post apocalypse world. So the alien invasion results are the basis but other than that there is no continuity. I found myself wondering when this book would be tied in with the others (or I should say I hoped it would be). I was disappointed.
I found myself wanting to jump ahead in the story and I did find myself skim reading rather than digging in. It was a story of finding someone we lost set in the new world. Solid but uninspiring and not something to draw me back.
Given that I've read 4 different books using the alien invasion and virus as the base with little to no commonality I've had my fill and won't be buying any further books. This could have been so much more. Is it worth $2.99? Maybe but I've gotten better for less and worse for more.
* each book is a little bit different, has a different story, touch and feel, like it was written by a different author, they all however match perfectly
* I loved the way how the previous main characters reappeared in next books, each book has a different set of characters, yet the old ones fit very well
Book 4 is very different, yet it fits very good to the series. I liked the description of their peaceful village life.
Ellie, an ex-federal agent, had made a life for her and her daughter at a remote area north of New York. All was quiet in the community that had developed since the onset of the plague that had killed most of the population. Ellie's daughter, Dee, was old enough to marry and preparations for the upcoming wedding were in progress, Quinn her fiancé disappeared.
The local sheriff was called, and when Ellie and Dee head out after the slavers, that had taken Quinn, he accompanies them. It's a long journey slogging through deep snow, limited food and hostile people on the way. They end up in New York and that is the beginning of a perilous search.
Meanwhile, Lucy from Florida, received a letter from Tillie, her best friend, in New York. She was working for a man she wanted away from and he wouldn't let her leave. Lucy was off to the rescue....On her way biking north a car stops and decides she should belong to the three men for fun....Lucy had other ideas and they ended up paying for the attempt.
When Lucy made it to New York she found a city run by two gangs...One tried to shoot her, the other she manipulated into starting a war.
Under cover of flying bullets and massive killings the slave trade is crippled and Tillie is freed....
I love this series....even though this was not my favorite book.
Top reviews from other countries
As ever, the characters are sharply drawn and three-dimensional and the situations quite believable. I'm at a loss to explain, then, why this only gets three stars and bot the four or five of the previous two books. Possibly because it plays out a little like 'Gangs of New York' with its city turf wars, but more probably because it gets bogged down by the search for Quinn, a rather dimwitted boy who you don't care about that much.
The character of Lucy, on the other hànd, is really very engaging. Ed R does manage to write interesting female characters and this one is particularly good; an outcast girl with a strong sense of kinship and a mission that she throws heart and soul into.
Another fine work from an author whose observation is never less than pin-sharp, albeit a notch or two down from earlier books in the series.
Then of course it's the 'same old same old' about how the survivors will survive/get to family/find a safe place to live etc.
BUT having said all of that; I loved this series! I thought the characters were all credible and I was quite disappointed when I finished book 3 only to find out that book 4 doesn't continue their story.
There are some clever twists that keep you guessing and the author doesn't have any qualms about who gets the 'chop' which keeps the storyline pacey.
I am half way through book 4 and 6 years have passed since the world changing events took place so now the story line is more about how the survivors are coping trying to rebuild a new life for themselves and what they must do (good or bad) to protect what 'family' and possessions they have managed to accumulate on their various journeys back from hell.
Yes, the 5 stars is well-deserved for the whole series - an imaginative, and well-executed, 'end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it' series of tales.
As others have hinted, book 4 is maybe the odd-one-out in some ways. Still a very entertaining story, but maybe a little slower to get going than the others. Definitely worth persevering though.
I would also say it's maybe a little less polished than the earlier books, with a few typo and grammatical errors creeping in. (And maybe it's a quirk of US-English, but 'shined' for 'shone' gets a bit annoying.)
Nevertheless, it's a good addition to the overall story and sets up nicely for the next episode.
Oh, and the overlap of some character storylines gives a feeling of how small the world has become, in one sense. Even though the intersections are often just 'in passing', then give the series an overall connectedness.
Episode 5 should have downloaded by now, so off to start on that one.
There are two main journeys and adventures in this book. Lucy goes in search of her friend, Tilly; and Ellie, an ex CIA agent goes searching for her foster daughter's lost fiance. Both groups end up in New York and find themselves in the middle of rival gangs, each seeking their own, different goals.
(The aliens do make a brief guest appearance :-)
I have just bought the next book in the series and I am just about to start reading it.