01 December 2011

Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna

Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna

Published: 27 April 2011

Pages: 425 pages (paperback)

Genre/s: Post-Apocalyptic, Virus

Source: Own library

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Six years after a pandemic devastates the human population, and the subsequent loss of much of the world's technology, Chris Price finally makes it from New York to Britain to reunite with his brother. But unresolved grief over his dead wife and baby and the horrors he witnessed as he traveled through a changed world have damaged him. He struggles to let go of his past, accept the healing kindness of those around him, and let love back into his life. 

My Thoughts

As a slightly crazy obsessed fan of PA, I picked up Breakdown the moment I saw it. One thing often missing in post-apocalyptic novels is the ‘what happens after’ effect – sure, the tension and action are high during a pandemic, but what is the emotional effect on those left behind, and how do they move on with their lives?

Starting with a prologue in January 2000, a global pandemic smacks down the population of New York, changing the life of Chris in an instant. Estranged from his family and friends in the UK, Chris finds himself suddenly and unexpectedly alone in a world turned on its head. 

Breakdown is the story of the fall-out of the epidemic, six years on. Life is fundamentally changed, trading and bartering is back in vogue and families stick together, living in the same house and working together to survive day-to-day life.

The unique side of Breakdown is in exploring the emotional toll of the epidemic that has changed the world and the dynamics of friendships and family relationships. Emotion is high, loyalties are radically changed and priorities have been re-assessed.

What I particularly loved about this book are the characters. They are damaged, changed and, against all odds, positive people – not only trying to survive but thrive. Family bonds are strong, love is more meaningful and the basic things in life are what the characters live and strive for.

Breakdown ends strongly, with high emotion, and although I’m too tough to cry (no tear ducts on zombies!), I couldn’t put this book down. If you want a PA book that has heart and soul, Breakdown is the book for you.

My favourite quote: ''Another part of me, dead. More of me is dead than alive. That's how I feel. I switch off and run on autopilot. Don't think, don't feel. Until something finally kills me and I'm done.''

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kat!

    I somehow stumbled onto your blog (so glad I did!) after I was reading some reviews for Breakdown. I'm a fan of Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic novels as well and because they have become so popular it's hard to find ones that stand out. Breakdown caught my attention and your review has convinced me to add it to my very crazy TBR pile!

    I also am your newest follower. Feel free to stop by my blog sometime. Have you read the Aftertime series by Sophie Littlefield? Just curious!

    Best Wishes!
    Mia @ The Muses Circle



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