- Series: Chronicles of the One (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition: December 2017 edition (December 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250122953
- ISBN-13: 978-1250122957
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,672 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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
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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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I actually think it is very Nora. The detailed descriptions will have u in tears or fears, laughter or disgust. She makes u feel as you read. You can't help it.
There are many characters & you will feel for nearly all & you will remember their stories. Flynn, Starr, Eddie, Katie, Arlys, Fred... I can't even begin to choose who will be the focus of the next in the series. And that was something different in this one. Turns out that there aren't obvious pairs that will survive. So you will cry. You will gasp. You will wonder why? How? This can't work. But by the end you will believe that it can & will turn out. Not sure how but ... WOW!
The issue of the dark theme... Nora has written other books with magic & books with evil. I think the difference was that this one has more instances where it appears that darkness & evil triumph. But previous books have had rape, death, evil. We just could find comfort that they would not triumph in one book. This one holds that hope off literally until the epilogue. Until then you still ache & are unsure about good being able to pull it out of the bag.
So block out 24 hours to read it (& it will be non stop) & make sure you not only have a box, or three, of Kleenex & take off the make up first, but also don't plan on letting anyone see your face for at least a day after you finish it.
Mild Spoilers Ahead
One aspect that Roberts did very well was the confluence of both events and characters. The plague part was over very quickly but the coming together and build up of the community and Lana's flight was very well done. Unlike other books, there isn't one central romantic couple but several. It is my guess that in later books, Fallon will connect with the other three babies - Duncan especially. I am really looking forward to what will follow this unique and awesome story.
I'll give this one 3 stars for now. I'm still a bit undecided on how I view this one. I've read her books for years, and I typically enjoy the trilogies. But over the past few years, I feel they were pretty formulaic...3 men, 3 women, strangers coming together to fight so light can triumph over dark,etc. In most of these, the characters were interesting enough for me to enjoy reading the books even if they felt a bit lighter in content and a bit rushed, too, over the last couple of series.
This was a big departure from that formula, and this book is decidedly darker. I don't mind darker content, and I expected it from the description so no worries there. But it was strange that the majority of the book spent so much time introducing characters and character interaction only to have the last part of the book completely eliminate those characters. I'll give the next one a shot and see if that changes. I usually disappear into a book and have enough imagination to feel I am living the story while I read. But I found I had absolutely no emotional investment in the story here, and that may not change with subsequent books. We'll see...
Bottom line, if you like darker stories and don't mind characters disappearing suddenly--and you like Nora Roberts books--you may find this enjoyable.
Darkness flows into the world, tainting people’s chances for survival. Despite having immunity to the virus, some chose to follow darkness, some sought simple survival, and some sought the spark of life.
All the issues of humanity still remain; xenophobic racism, fear of those who are different, jealously, envy, greed, malice, and lust for power mark those drawn to the darkness. False evangelicals, who make the inquisition seem like a toddler’s play date, seek to eliminate magickals, even the ones who are from the light.
Into this backdrop is born a savior, and her protectors fight to ensure her birth, and survival. I can hardly wait for book two.