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Survival Instincts: A Dystopian Novel Paperback – March 6, 2018
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About the Author
When May was a child, her father read Asimov and Zelazny to her. As a teenager, she gravitated toward science fiction, (future) fantasy, dystopian, and occult stories, even though there was never a character she, as a queer woman, could fully identify with. May's motivation to write comes from the desire to create stories where women turn to women once they stop the apocalypse-be it a global or a personal one. She wants to write the stories she wishes her father could have read to her as a child: riveting tales with a heroine who kicks ass and just so happens to be gay.
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Both characters are strong women. Lynn has been forced to be independent since the deaths of the people who raised her while Dani has found a home and a family with a bunch of other survivors. So while they are both strong, they don’t see that in each other because of their differences. There is tension between those who live in the wilds and those in the cities which creates friction and mistrust and the two main characters embody that. Lynn is sent to retrieve a body which is just plain suicidal when you have no protection from the wild animals roaming the land. Dani goes with her because the settlers don’t trust Lynn. Along the way, the characters’ qualities are revealed layer by layer. Some of the scenes are really powerful, especially the horrors the women experience and their backstories. Read this. It will stay with you.
I received an ARC for an honest review.
Here, the writing is great, the world building well thought out (except for a few details related to what decays or remains in a post-war world that seemed iffy to me). The author is very good at building and maintaining suspense thru the entire book; I was on edge and felt as though I was watching a very scary and disturbing horror movie without the music to alert me of impending danger in the plot.
There are plenty of graphic and violent scenes, in keeping with the setting and tone of the story, and I warn animal lovers that some scenes in the story might be upsetting for them to read. I'd also caution against eating while reading this story due to some gruesome scenes. The violence is not gratuitous (but it is persistent) and is a continual reminder that this is not modern day life and that things have changed radically in this America of the future. The characters all bear scars of living in this world and their means of survival are primal and inventive all at once. It's a harrowing read but thought provoking about what truly matters, who you really are when so much in your life is stripped away, as well as what is necessary to literal survival and whether or not you're willing to do it each and every day of your life.
If the author publishes stories in the future in other genres I'd be keen to read them. This genre is just not for me but the writing in this book is taut and evocative so if you like dystopian fiction this one is worth checking out.
I loved the action and the character progression. Dawney did an excellent job showing us what our world would look like a few hundred years after being ravaged by war. With histories forgotten and people forced into nomadic and hunter/gatherer roles, it is a true sampling of what people would be reduced to without the modern things we rely on. Lacking the modern medicine, community, and tools we take for granted every day, the world becomes a treacherous place. Your life is in danger every minute, be it from a pack of wolves, or a simple cut from a rusted out car. I rooted for our protagonists through it all as they journeyed through the massive landscape of New York City. It was a suicide mission but they were determined not to let it kill them. And while they started as enemies, that too changed as they grew to trust one another.
I was given this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Lynn, living as a Wilder, is caught by a group from a Homestead and suspected of killing their scout, whose dog she has, she is forced to go to retrieve his body from where she buried it.
With Dani, as her only companion, she gets on the super dangerous journey, planning to run away as soon as possible.
This is well written after-apocalyptic story about dangers, bravery, resiliency...
I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.