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What's Left of My World: A Story of a Family's Survival (Volume 1) Paperback – December 21, 2016
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From the Author
First, I want to wholeheartedly offer my deepest thanks to all those who've helped turn my first book into a post-apocalyptic / dystopian best-seller. I'm enthused that so many of you were (and still are) able to connect with the story. There is much, much more to come.
What's Left of My World is and will always be my debut novel as a beginner author. That being said, the process of writing and self-publishing my freshman release wasn't just a major undertaking for me, but a learning process as well - one that hasn't ended at the point of offering it for sale to the vast expanses of readers on Amazon.
I'm practically dumbfounded even today at how remarkably robust, diverse, supportive, and opinionated the readers here are. I'm also astonished at how remarkably blind I was to have written a story with such potential and yet not taken into consideration how each and every word I put into the book would or could affect the totality of readers from every walk of life who laid eyes on it - from the front cover to the end matter. It was a rookie mistake.
I've received many accolades for What's Left of My World but I've also obtained a fair share of negative commentary. I'm no stranger to criticism - both good and bad - and it is my intention to learn from both so that I can become a better author who is able to write books that have the capacity to appeal to a much broader audience in the future.
Readers have spoken, and I have listened. While the story hasn't changed, nor have the strong and often brash personalities belonging to some of the characters, current edits of What's Left of My World contain less of the offensive language that's generated a preponderance of the negative reviews. One particular word has been removed from the book entirely. I hope this allows for more readers to enjoy the story. I'm certain that the changes won't take anything away from it. I've yet to see a review entitled "not enough foul language" but I've certainly seen volumes in contrast.
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A post-apocalyptic story narrated by Kevin Pierce and an intro by the author explains the books that he read that made him want to get prepared (and write a novel). I mean, how could I not love this? Well, I did. It was totally different from most of the post-apocalyptic books that I've read but had a lot in common too.
What's Left of My World follows Lauren after the world has already started to fall apart. We aren't told what happened and we're only left with small pieces of what is going on outside of their camp, but you can tell that things have gone bad quickly and everyone that has made it out alive so far is stronger because of it.
The story follows Lauren (for the most part) as she is navigating the world without her dad and the world that is unforgiving. She is an incredibly likable main character and not your typical post-apocalyptic hero or heroine. She's young and should be making mistakes left and right. But, her dad made sure that she was prepared for almost anything and that she was the strongest person she could be emotionally ("turn it into something else").
This story was much more focused on the family and how they were surviving than the actual apocalypse or even the people who were out to get them. Sure, there were some fast-paced attacks and issues near the middle and end, but the story is a little slower than my average PA book. I'm not complaining. I know that Rudolph is setting up the world and main characters so that I understand what will happen next.
I think that overall, I enjoyed What's Left of My World as a change of pace post-apocalyptic book. Lauren is easily one of my favorite main characters in a PA book in quite some time, and her story is one that I definitely want to follow. If you liked stories like The Hunger Games or Divergent for the strong female lead, then you should check out What's Left of My World. Lauren will make you wish you were her (even though her situation really stinks).
This one starts with Lauren Russell. Lauren, her Mother Michelle and sister Grace have survived the collapse. In order to do so they had to leave their home and live in the cabin that's in a valley in West Virginia. Everyone in the valley is a survivor. They hunt, fish and raise gardens for food and many have large amounts of freeze dried food, rice, beans and other dry goods. The whole valley is full of survivors. Survivors who have to fight off the takers now and then.
Takers are people who didn't plan for a catastrophe and steal to survive. Any of them caught in the valley are shot.
Right now Lauren is doing one of her walkabouts which is patrolling the trails that are all over the area. On a high spot Lauren hears and explosion. From where she is she can't see and decides a longer trip will be needed to see exactly what happened.
Laurens Father is the man who trained her to survive in any situation. She has an AR-15 and her Glock for weapons and a back pack full of food and items she might need. Lauren misses her dad.
Alan Russell went to work in DC like always but never made it home. Both Lauren and her Mother wait for him every day. Knowing Alan like they do they expect him to make it home.
Once Lauren gets to a point where she can see smoke rising she heads down to investigate and find a vehicle that has been blown up and several bodies. After surveying the area she finds a blood trail and knows someone made it out. The bodies are to badly burned to identify anyone so Lauren heads for that long walk home to let all the valley people know what she's found.
On the way she stumbles on a guy at a campsite with a fire going. The man is dressed in a black uniform with DHS patches and Lauren knows he's an enemy. The man is Christian and he tells her that he and those with him, the other dead men, were under cover in DHS and he is actually a member of a militia. Lauren decides he's telling the truth.
Christian has been shot in the calf and after throwing him a med kit he bandages his leg and tells Lauren they need to leave because DHS will be back with dogs to track him. Lauren agrees and they head for her home.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Lauren, Christian, Michelle, Norman, John, Lee, Fred a biker gang the DHS, death and Lauren Russell and those with her doing their best to survive and stay alive.
Yes, I recommend this book for anyone who loves adventure, or those who are into prepping.
As always, happy reading.
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