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Shelter (After the Flare) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 18, 2015
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This book follows Mia, her baby sister and friend Andrew as they go into hiding after a solar flare knocks out the electricity for, apparently, the entire US. The rest of the world isn't hopping up and down to help us, and people are starving, dying and desperate. Mia's parents worked for the government and somehow had some forewarning of what was going to come-- that story line is what I can't wait to find out more about in the sequel.
Reading this book when a significant solar storm was occurring in real life was a little disconcerting. I really enjoyed the story, and the character development. Every time they went outside I was holding my breathe to see if they ran into other people. This story has some action, but definitely isn't going from one conflict to another as Sarah spends considerable amounts of time developing the characters. They're likeable and relateable, even though I'm in no way a teenager anymore.
How do you deal with losing everything that you know -- your friends, family, society, culture, moral and ethical values? Can you imagine having to constantly reexamine who you are and what your place is in society? What if there wasn't even a society? All of these are examined in this series.
Excuse me, I'm off to buy the sequel.
I was able to sit down and read it in one afternoon, and then again later in the week. I enjoyed how quickly the book read. The author's use of language allows for a fast read without making it too simplistic.
The story line shows us what the world would go through in the time of a catastrophic event, and the real struggles that those who have prepared would face. I like how two coming of age teens have to navigate these waters together, without the help of anyone else. The story seems very well researched, very little gave me pause (except as another poster mentioned the burning of green wood). I love the addition of some modern/old school parenting styles including cloth diapers, baby carriers, and co-sleeping. It really seems to tie in the modern world and a new world without modern life. I feel like we have been left hanging for more! I cannot wait for more writings from not only this series but this author as well.
The story is a little slow in spots when the characters spend a lot of time in their own heads, but it all works towards a fairly chilling conclusion.
The two's intimacy grows slowly (which may be just a little unrealistic) but it works and is satisfying. Andrew worries about telling Mia his feelings, and she seems a little oblivious to his desires, but in the end they realize that they actually do love each other.
Looking forward to reading the next two books.