The Silent Years: Mother Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00PRL5WRS
- Publication date : November 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3094 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 88 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,586,056 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I finished this short read several days ago but have been struggling with what to say in the review. It read somewhat like a diary as it had a lot of internal thinking from Dorothy. She would often ponder the situation she was in, ask herself questions, and try to figure out a solution while planning for the future. I liked that aspect on one hand because we get a better sense of Dorothy’s character but on the other, I felt like it slowed the story down. I felt as though instead of wondering about the “what-ifs” the story should have focused a little more on the main element: zombies. I wish there had been more details included about the disease/virus, how and who started it, and what made some people fall victim to it while others were immune. There were also several characters that could have been developed more as we didn’t get to learn much about them other than basics like name, ethnicity, and in some cases, sexuality. I would have been able to connect better to the story if I could feel for those characters as well.
Over all The Silent Years: Mother was an okay read that will spark the reader’s interest and make them think about not only the story and its characters, but what they would do in the event something like this happened in reality.
I wasn't sure what this novella was going to be like. It sound post apocalyptic, but will I enjoy this novella, I mean can you do a post apocalyptic novella. I like questions and loose ends to be answered.
I received an e-copy of this directly from the author in exchange for my honest review. The cover features what could be described as a metal door or cover, the way it is aged makes you think it is a worn and perhaps battle hardened door with rusted parts on it. The "door" looks weathered and worn rather like the main female character in the novella becomes due to her surroundings and the life she is forced to live.
Would the cover make me pick up the book in a book store? I would pick it up to read the blurb to learn more about the novella, I'd say the cover definitely has a post apocalyptic look about it.
The main female character is an older no nonsense mother of two, a hard working, traditional woman called Dorothy. Dorothy is married to her husband, and has two sons, who attend the local school. Then there's a rumour that a virus of some sort has been released. The virus turns people into zombies. The initial signs of the virus is that people stumble over their words, then they speak but it makes no sense and next they cannot speak and the end stage is when the "zombies" turn violent. There is also a reference to part of the title, but I won't say how or why as I want you to discover the book and meaning of it's title for yourself. There is no treatment for this virus, the only thing that can be done is for someone to shoot/kill those infected. To begin with Dorothy thinks the news is just exaggerating but curiosity gets the better of her and she decides to check out whats going on via the internet. Sadly her worst fears are realised. The first action she takes is to remove her treasured sons from school, she suggests her husband not go into work and that they go to her brother farm. They pack up the car with as many necessities they can fit in it to take what ends up being a harrowing journey. They pass many infected on their way to the farm but do not stop in fact they speed up to escape those zombie-like people. Once at the farm they all pull together to feed the animals and work the ground to be as self sufficient as possible. They also take turns on watch with their shotguns. Having the farm may improve their chances of survival but there are always the infected wandering near and then there's the other survivors who wish to have what they have. Sadly we witness some of Dorothy's family succumbing to the virus. Dorothy feels like she is counting down to her own death but there is just something that makes her push on. The story also tells of her hazardous journey when she finally leaves the farm. We learn others have survived, and how they are being forced to live. You see the "good" and the "bad" in people. You do really go on a roller coaster ride of emotions through the incidents that happen to Dorothy.
I like how Dorothy meets back up with a character who was in the novella beofre the "virus" spread. I like this other character too. Dorothy and this other character (I am determined not to give too many spoilers) who in the "before the virus" were unlikely friend, end up banding together to survive a situation neither thought they would ever be placed in. I am really looking forward to reading about more of their journey.
So did I enjoy the novella? Yes, I really did. There is a lot of angst, action and drama packed into this novella. Would I recommend the novella? Yes! I'd compare it to the novella's that make up Volume 1 of After The Silence Series by Jacqueline Paige, I really loved those. Would I want to read more of this series? I'd love to read more of the series of novella's as soon as I can. Would I want to read more books by this author? I will certainly be checking Jennifer Povey out of Goodreads and Amazon UK.
It looks hopeless as Dorothy and her family take refuge on a small survivalist farm her brother owns in central North Carolina. They begin to wonder if they have what it takes to beat the odds and make it through this nightmare. Only ten percent of the population is immune to the virus, but they hope they've put enough distance between themselves and those infected to live.
Povey keeps the reader in the palm of her hand as her protagonist Dorothy alternates worrying about her family and taking firm steps to protect them. In a particularly telling moment, she describes the compassion of her eldest son and his fierce need to protect his brother, and how it characterized him:
"(He)was one of the ones who became soldiers and firemen."
In a grim moment, a stranger, infected with the virus, has approached the compound and tried to gain entrance. He is shot dead. And even though he has degenerated into the zombie state indicative of last-stage victims of the disease, Povey's description of him is poignant:
"For a long moment, it lay there. It, not he. The face showed no fear, no recognition of death. It was oddly slack, as if even in life it had possessed no animation."
Things truly go from bad to worse as characters we have become invested in fall victim to The Silence. It seems no one -- or nearly no one -- is immune to the disease, and some hard choices befall the family as they struggle in this bleak new reality.
This is not your everyday postapocalyptic adventure yarn. It's a gritty imagining of just how bad things could be if one military biochemical experiment goes awry someday. There will undoubtedly be consequences of the gravest kind. And Povey brings us up close and personal with them.
I won't give away the ending -- suffice to say it's unexpected and really not an ending in the truest sense as this novella is intended to be the first of three to be written by this talented author.
I did find myself wishing more time had been taken to stretch out suspenseful scenes and instances in which certain characters abruptly disappear in the space of a few paragraphs. But, since the book was intentionally pared down to novella length, perhaps something had to wind up being cut.
Nevertheless, I found the book to be expertly written and well-edited. I look forward to reading the next installment. I give The Silent Years: Mother five stars, and welcome Povey to the ranks of novelist par excellence.