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What Survives of Us (Colorado Chapters Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00MAO2BB0
- Publication date : July 30, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 7673 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #648,741 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thought the initial premise was interesting. I was sad when people became ill and died, and found the changes interesting.
Then we came to the part where teenage girls are, in a world without serious regulation, "bad conduct prizes". If this book has one lesson for readers, it would appear to be that the more vile and evil you are, the more likely you are to get your own "hawt" teenage girl who will permit you to rape her. I am honestly shocked the author is female.
So if you don't mind reading gruesomely "real" stories of an apocalypse, this is the book for you.
To be fair, I stopped reading at this point. This was such a turn off I couldn't see subjecting myself to more of this offensive bigoted stereotyping. Going back to this page now, I see that others had problems with teenage girls being rapped and other stuff like that. I'm glad I didn't pay for this book. I do not recommend it at all.
Others have commented on the high quality of the writing, and I agree. Still others have also posted opposing thoughts about Jack, the Christian pastor in the story. <<The following may be a bit of a spoiler???>> I'm a Christian but not a conservative one. Early in the story I did find myself getting really put out with Jack and his whiny, closed-minded reaction to the reality of the changed world. But I felt like Ms. Miner did a great job of developing and growing his character as the story progressed. One would probably have to read the whole series to observe this. Some readers would undoubtedly find Jack's development to be an abdication of his faith. I felt his faith actually became stronger and more productively expressed in actions as his character grew.
Great work, Ms. Miner, and as the title of this review says, "More please!"
I got to the first brutal rape in this book and let it slide, even though I hated that she went there. Then it got to the cruel gang rape of another character, and I said enough is enough. I prefer to read about people banding together in an apocalypse, and what they have to do to survive without electricity, gas, and running water, and limited use of vehicles. I do not enjoy reading about man's inhumanity to his fellow man in a crisis. There is enough of that in today's society. I expected better of a female author, and I won't read anything further from her.
Top reviews from other countries
The people in the story are filled with such a rich depth of character that have you caring what happens to them, laughing and crying with their story, there are several sets of people that you follow and I for one can't wait to see how they will blend together. I am eagerly downloading the other 2 books in the story as I write this, I haven't been so excited about a story ( and I wish I could think of a better word than story as I feel so emotionally involved in the characters lives) for a long time.
The premise of this book is fantastic. I love post -apocalyptic fiction, and the hintings at some kind of evolution were a brilliant twist, but the repeated violent rapes made the book too sordid for me. I decided to stop reading when a second of the sub stories became about the sexual abuse of women.
The story follows a number of characters after a plague wipes out almost everybody on the planet. From there it develops into far more than the standard tale of survival which is typical of the genre.
There are some fairly dark aspects to the story, so not for the faint-hearted.
I would have preferred a bit more resolution, but that's a very minor quibble.
The premise has been likened to Stephen King's 'The Stand' - which had been my favourite post-apocalypse/horror book for 30 years or more and yes, I can see why. However, this book and its follow ups have replaced The Stand in my heart. The characterisation is real, solid and believable; you find yourself wondering how you'd cope if you'd do the things the characters have to do to survive. Yes, there are rape/sexual assault scenes - but they are not written in a voyeuristic, salacious manner, but as a sad, inevitable part of the breakdown of society, they are handled intelligently with nuance and thought. I will actually miss the characters from these books. And I wait impatiently for the author's next foray into writing with anticipation.