I often browse what’s in the Amazon freebie sci-fi bestseller lists, and I picked this book up under post-apocalyptic.
There is nothing particularly unusual about the storyline, something bad has happened, we don’t really know what, but society has broken down, and it follows our protagonists travels as they try to keep out of trouble while they scavenge for food.
One of the reasons I find myself drawn to dystopian and post-apocalyptic is the great character studies you often get. So, while the story line is nothing unusual, I loved the main characters and they made this book a standout for me. The two MC’s are both teenagers, and both gloriously unhinged, and while it is classed as YA, the situations / accounts are often gritty and graphic. They do develop obvious feelings toward one another, it doesn’t deviate into romance (at least not in this book).
If you are looking for a joyful read, this definitely isn’t for you.
Nor is it the kind of book that delivers a breadth of emotions. There are the odd moments of almost light-hearted banter…almost…But it does definitely have a gritty, sombre, and at times desperate mood that is pervasive to the book. And in a sea of HEA books this makes a refreshing change.
My rating: 5 stars