Saturday, January 27, 2018

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts

Chronicles of the One, Book 1
St. Martin’s Press
December 5th, 2017
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Library
5 Hearts

New Year’s Eve was supposed to be happy and joyous except death stalks the world, waiting to unleash its wrath, one person at a time. It came, silent and deadly. Killing one person, infecting another and The Doom, as it is called, spreads causing chaos, destruction of world governments and more even as select few survive but with powers only found in fairytales. Shifters, Fae and fairies, seers and more become even more prevalent. Some follow the light and good, while others relish in the dark. They are called The Uncanny and the battle between light and dark has begun amid the ruins of the world. Fear, hope, love and magick become the new normal for the survivors. But first they have to survive…

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts is departure from her previous trilogies where it is paranormal/urban fantasy to the core. This new book into a new trilogy takes her writing onto a new path and the reader better hang on tight, the ride is about to get deadly. The writing just flows on the pages, the reader gets caught up in the story and you can not help but stand behind the survivors as they navigate a world gone mad. This is a story that will take you by the throat and lead you places in the story that will haunt you days after you finish the book.

YEAR ONE is a stirring and captivating story that showcase the reliance of some plucky survivors and the world as we know it cease to exist. Coffee, hot showers, electricity and all the stuff we take for granted cease and those who survive The Doom, find themselves trying to survive on the scraps they find or barter for. There is a core group the story centers on and will toggle back and forth within the story for a time as the author keeps the story moving evenly and quickly. You meet Max and Lana, Chuck, Fred and a few more that will steal your heart and never let go. YEAR ONE delivers a pulse pounding ride from start to finish and captivates the reader right off the bat.

YEAR ONE is stunning departure for Ms. Roberts and one that I fell in love with. The story starts innocently enough but morphs into a future that could happen. The author takes a tired genre (Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian) and flips it around, delivering a fresh new take on it that will reel you in and never let you go. This book just sucked me in and literally had me eager to finish it, even when I was at work. The only drawback I got to say was I must wait for book two. If you enjoy a new take on post-apocalyptic tales, then you will devour YEAR ONE in one sitting. I highly recommend this fascinating and thrilling new book by an author who knows just how to weave a spell around her readers and entertain them till the very end.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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