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About the Author

Brenda Cheers is known for doing everything in life very quickly so it came as no surprise to the people closest to her that once she decided on a career as a novelist, it all happened with blinding speed. A course in Creative Writing was quickly followed by a more advanced one. She began drafting her first novel and then completed three full manuscripts in the next two years. Her great love is Literary Fiction and this is what she aims to write. Fast-paced suspense novels are what fly from her fingertips, however and these tend to feature strong-willed female protagonists as in ‘In a House in Yemen’ and ‘In Times of Trouble’. In her third novel, ‘In Conversations with Strangers’ there is a different mood. It has a slower pace and the character is troubled and flawed. Brenda felt it was harder to write but more rewarding. “In Strange Worlds” was published in January 2014. This is a suspense novel which contains surprises and twists. Brenda completed four full drafts before being satisfied with the result, but she found the work enjoyable because the story held her interest. Her heroes in the literary world are James Salter, Pat Conroy and Michael Ondaatje for their finally crafted prose, and fellow Brisbane writers Nick Earls and Ashley Hay. Brenda enjoys watching indie, arthouse and foreign films and is a student of martial arts. She lives in Brisbane with her partner and two daughters.

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  • File Size: 1244 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Birdcall Publishing (January 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVTW80S
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By Joseph Murphy on September 19, 2014
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In Strange Worlds is a post-apocalyptic tale that takes place in Australia and follows the main character Meg. Anyone similar with 28 Days Later or the Walking Dead tv show will recognize the beginning of the story, possibly to the work's detriment. Fortunately the story only spends a small amount of time here.

The author is very descriptive of what is taking place in this world, and her intimate knowledge of the locales shows through in the writing. The plot plods along at a good pace. It follows a typical post-apocalyptic story line: Initial shock and confusion over what has happened, wondering around desolate landscapes, settling down, rebuilding.

I had a few problems with character actions, namely inconsistency with how they come to trust or distrust new characters. Meg is also a bit of a mess. The author tries to balance her as a strong or determined individual, while trying to make her seem emotionally vulnerable. There are times the vulnerability of the character seems a bit overplayed or cliche, especially when Meg describes her past romantic relationships. Some of the dialogue comes of as a bit off and hokey as well.

There are a lot of mysteries introduced in the plot that go unsolved and aren't even looked into all that deeply by the characters/plot. Shared dreams, strange men in helicopters, and a bombshell of an ending that completely flips the story on its head and leaves the reader with nothing more than 'To Be Continued...'

There's a strong story here, and one that, given the abrupt change in plot near the end, seems like it could be unique to the post-apocalyptic genre. There is another book in this series which may address a lot of the concerns with the plot. The first entry in the series leaves me with a lot of questions and almost no answers.
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I feel a little divided about how to rate this book. First, I would give the overall story a four. Second, the writing style would get a three. So, I have decided to rate it based on the writing style since an author's style is what I consider to be one of the most important factors for a reader. It's what turns a reader of one book into a fan who will read every future book.

The overall story was interesting. I found myself wanting to know what had happened to the world. Why had everyone died at once? What would become of the world? What I found to be a little lacking were descriptions. The story is told by a third person narrator, but the author included journal entries in Meg's own words. So, we did get some insight into her past and her motivations. But, there were so many things that the characters did that I have no idea why they did them or how they felt about them. I think the author could have explored more of the other characters' motivations since it is written in third person. The narrator certainly could have been omniscient and informed the reader what other characters thought. Or, it could have been done in different ways. But, I felt a lack of a connection because of this.

This issue became most apparent to me early on. I don't want to give too much away, but there were several things that happened with Meg, and eventually some other survivors, that I just thought to myself, "Why would she agree to this?" or " I would never let this happen, at least not without a fight." It pulled me out of the story a little because it didn't feel believable or real. I think this goes back to not connecting with the characters as much as I would have liked.
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Well, this one kept me engrossed right to the end, and I consider that a five star win. The author writes very well, and there was no bad editing, misspellings or rocky punctuation to jolt me out of the story. It was a smooth, enjoyable read. I thought the story was a very good post-apocalyptic rendering. I even enjoyed the ending (although I would like to get into the authors head a bit to see what came next). Recommend.
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When Meg wakes up in the hospital after an emergency child birth, she finds that the world as she knew it no longer exists. I found In Strange Worlds to be an intriguing sci-fi or post-apocalyptic story. It kept me interested throughout. Ms. Cheers has a wonderfully breezy style of writing that doesn't get bogged down. She gave me believable characters that grew as the story progressed, in a world I could touch, feel and see. For me, that's a must in a story and she delivered that quite well. Having never been to Australia, I truly enjoyed the descriptions of each area the story involved.
The ending takes a devilish twist, leaving me anxious to start book 2 - In a Time Where They Belong.
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In Strange Worlds by Brenda Cheers was a fascinating book. It’s a suspense novel that takes place in Australia. A woman wakes up after just giving birth to find she is the last person left on Earth. What would you do? We follow Meg on her quest to survive and on a strange journey guided by an unknown force. I literally read it in one night; I couldn’t put it down. Of course, it freaked me out a little, which is just a sign of good writing. There have been many other stories about being a sole survivor, but this one had a twist.

I love the way this book ended. I cannot wait to read the next one to see how the story continues.
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