Year One

Year One

Large Print - 2017
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"It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432844035
Characteristics: 623 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Alternative Title: Year 1


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Mar 12, 2018

I usually really really like Nora Roberts books. However, stopped half way with this one. Can't be bothered to finish it. This was one of only a handful of books I have ever stopped reading midway. Too bad.

Mar 09, 2018

Meh. As another review mentioned; way too much damsel in distress that gets saved just in time by an Alpha male. I thought the middle of the book was better than either the beginning or ending.

Feb 19, 2018

Stopped reading Nora Roberts years ago, her books seemed to be the same with only name changes. Don't know why I picked this one up, but glad I did. Can't wait for #2.

Feb 14, 2018

I'm a huge fan of fantasy and post apocalyptic novels, but I have little experience with romance novels and no experience with Nora Roberts, so I have a hard time judging the book too harshly. I enjoyed the casual view of societal collapse due to a mystical virus that wipes out most of humanity in a matter of weeks. I wasn't expecting the brutality of a dark tome like King's 'The Stand', but it was surprisingly bloody. I also enjoyed a lot of subtle survival horror elements of Arlys's and Max's bands of survivors.

I didn't enjoy the random change in direction the plot takes around 4/5ths of the way in. It's as if the conjoining story that the author built towards was abandoned for a new plot. I also thought the villains were a bit shallow. Without spoiling, one group just ups and become villains with no real reason given. The other group congeals in a way that you could see coming, but the initial 'big baddies' just sort of take a hard turn towards villainy without an explanation. Strangely, the two villain groups hold diametrically opposing ideologies, yet they end up working together for a purpose that blends prophecy and petty revenge. All that said, I can't judge the book too harshly because of those minor foibles. Especially keeping in mind it's a mash between romance and fantasy with a bit of horror, but the book begins with a stronger than expected dose of horror that putters out 1/4th of the way in.

The last criticism I tried to ignore but has become increasingly difficult to shake off. The characters were woefully stereotypical and not very diverse. The heroes are a-typical alpha males who know it all and can do it all. The primary female character is a damsel in distress that constantly requires rescue or guidance from one of the alpha males. The very few characters of color seem sprinkled in purely for the purpose of slipping in a few jokes and filler. It feels harsh to criticize for things that only up until very recently were accepted standards in speculative fiction, but this was written recently. From a modern lens it's hard to ignore.
Overall: An OK read with a few flaws. I wouldn't recommend for those strictly reading for its fantasy or dystopia elements. If you are looking for light reading this might do, but it just wasn't for me.

Feb 09, 2018

I was so prepared to hate this book and almost gave up on it. Actually loved it and can't wait for Book #2!! I wanted to give it 5 stars and somehow it ended up only 4. Sorry about that, Nora Roberts.

Feb 04, 2018

This book is too dark and depressing. I won't read any more of this trilogy.

Jan 31, 2018

I loved the story line, more original then just a zombie epidemic! Can't wait for the second one!

Jan 25, 2018

This book is excellent, well worth the read. very intense.

Jan 24, 2018

i love reading nora roberts, but i gave up half way thru this one. story too slow and disjointed.

Jan 18, 2018

True, this is different, but I LOVED it! I hope she is writing the next one now.

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