06 November 2011

The Survivors (Life After War#1) by Angela White

The Survivors: Life After War (Book #1) by Angela White

Published: 10 May 2010

Genre/s: Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy

Source: Own library

Check it Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Synopsis

Fated to lead New America, seven special people survive a nuclear apocalypse, only to find themselves on a cross country quest that will shake the very core of who they thought they were. From dangerous trips into dark, apocalyptic cities, to patriotic rescues and furious revelations, Life After War is an action packed fantasy series where those left alive must come to terms with their mistakes in the old world, while fighting for a place in the new one.

My Thoughts

When I purchased The Survivors, I obviously didn’t read the full summary. I love post-apocalyptic novels, but I didn’t realize that there was also a fantasy element in this book.

Having said that, the book started well, straight into the action with the nuclear war of 2012 devastating America and the inevitable nuclear winter, and continues with the survival stories of the characters which are introduced gradually throughout the first part of the book.

There are also some minor characters introduced through the book that are only heard of once, presumably to be reintroduced in the next book/s in the series, although for me that was slightly disappointing as I wanted to have their stories fleshed out a little more to make them more memorable.

As the action slowed down in middle parts of the book, I did find my attention wavering, and started to enjoy the book less and less, however it picked up again towards the end when characters started to develop more.

The fantasy theme I found to be unnecessary at times and added to the story at others, but I think without this element I would have enjoyed this book more.

The Kindle formatting is distracting and I found myself slightly irritated by the breaks between paragraphs where there is no break in the story.

One thing that I also found strange was the description of some characters not by name but as ‘the blond’, ‘the dirty blond’, ‘the Marine’ etc. I knew who was being described most of the time, but sometimes (as there is more than one blond character!) it really confused me.

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