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Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1 Hardcover – December 5, 2017
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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“Electric and ground-breaking…A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts' legions of fans.” --Kirkus, Starred Review
“Fascinating characters and a well-built dystopia combine with a riveting plot that will attract a whole new group of readers." --Library Journal, Starred Review
“What Roberts has done, with her radical departure, is ensure that she will find new fans among readers attracted to apocalyptic sf and speculative fiction.” --Booklist
"A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s The Stand.” --New York Times Book Review
“You’ll be hooked.” --People Magazine
"Roberts knows exactly how to spellbind an audience.” --The Washington Post
“Nora Roberts has turned her pen to apocalyptic fiction. And, oh boy, she really delivered...fast-paced and energetic.” --Bustle
“The queen of the best-seller list is kicking off a new trilogy, a foray into dystopian fantasy that may earn the novelist a few gazillion more fans.” -- AARP.org, Best Books of Winter 2018
Recommended as one of four books students should read over winter break by The Carolinian, UNC Greensboro
About the Author
NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession,The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Maryland.
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Will those other characters show up in future books or are we the reader just expected to forget them? And it seems like some characters were added with a quick history to fulfill a need of dark plot - the teenage girl added for no other reason that I could see except to have a rape victim/survivor. I have to ask if none of the other characters already in the story could do that?
Again, I feel like fewer "main" characters would have made sense as the book ended up being about only one. I may or may not finish this series, but I only hope the second book has more focus and less "scattered" energy.
If you want a really well written dystopian series, may I suggest the FEVER series? There are still several characters, several story lines, all related, but told very well separately. (Each story could stand on its own, something that's missing here.)
I feel like some of Nora's books from the late 90s dated Stephen King and had a twisted love child. I loved her books from the 90s, but they just don't mesh well with horror.
You have fairies, demons, and witches, oh my! But it's like watching Dorothy Gayle walk onto the set of Carrie. Ick.
There were some flow issues for me, too. There were parts that were completely glossed over and would've benefited from expansion, and conversations that were way too long and kind of confusing. There were a couple of places where I couldn't tell one character's lines from another.
Also, we never really found out much about the plague, called The Doom. It just erupted, there it was, it mutated, now it's gone.
I feel like I had to keep asking myself what was happening. There were several moments where I was thrown out of the story by inconsistent characterization, especially when it came to Allegra and Eric. One minute, they were resentful little brother and his pampered girlfriend, the next powerful black witches? It seemed ridiculous.
The book felt rushed to me, as though it could have spent more time baking before coming out of the oven.
Given the drawbacks, it was still entertaining. Once I got over wishing for more explanations, I enjoyed the relationships between the characters. Minus Allegra and Eric, of course.
I think my expectations might have been too high, but I was ultimately disappointed.
I gave up on her trilogies years ago and it wad my mistake for trying this one. I like her straight suspense books and her JD Robb books. Those are 5 star for me.
This was a total pass. There was no character I cared about. Possibly because so many were being introduced. I just never wanted to continue reading their threads. They were with erratic and kept hopping around.