22 June 2012

Review: Extinction Point by Paul Jones

Extinction Point by Paul Jones

Published: 3 March 2012

Pages: 239 (e-book)

Genre/s: Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Own library

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Reporter Emily Baxter has a great job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend she loves. All that changes the day the red rain falls from a cloudless sky. Just hours after the first reports from Europe, humanity is on the brink of extinction, wiped from the face of the earth in a few bloody moments, leaving Emily alone in an empty city. As she struggles to grasp the magnitude of her situation, Emily becomes the final witness to the end of our world… and the birth of a terrifying new one. 

The world she knew and loved is dead and gone.

Now Emily must try to find a way out of New York as the truth behind the red rain is revealed: the earth no longer belongs to humanity.

My Thoughts

I've been a fan of Paul Jones ever since I read his book 'Towards Yesterday' last year, and as one of the first books ever reviewed on The Aussie Zombie it's got a special place in my history. When I found out via a Goodreads group that his new book, Extinction Point was due for release, I religiously stalked it until I could grab a copy of my own.

Extinction Point takes place in near-future New York, when reporter Emily finds herself in the midst of a worldwide phenomenon - red rain. After the rain stops and people start to die, Emily finds herself the only survivor in New York, with no clue of what is happening, or if she is the only human survivor.

Writing a book with one main character is a tough gig - it's hard to keep a reader's attention with inner dialogue, but Mr. Jones has done an exceedingly good job in the character of Emily. She's easily likable and at no point did I feel that I was growing sick of her being the only character (apart from a few bit-part guys at the beginning of the book). Her job as a reporter gives her a pretty even-keeled insight and a keen eye for observing her surroundings, and she's a pretty self-sufficient kinda gal, although shes definitely not superhuman and does succumb to the inevitable pressure of surviving on her own in an uncertain world.

The idea of red rain is an intriguing one, and Mr. Jones certainly does make it feel real - and as the story progresses it runs from slightly disturbing to spine-chillingly creepy, and the action scenes are edge-of-your-seat kinda stuff.

In all, I really enjoyed Extinction Point. Paul Jones writes excellent apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stories and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really interesting. Red rain? That is a new one for me. :)



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