Apocalyptic Saga

I finished this awesome, door-stopper of a book last week and loved it!  Reminded me of Stephen King’s ‘The Dome’ (which I think is one of King’s best books in a long time – Cronin weaves a great story, just like King does, and really draws you in) with scatterings of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’ and ‘I Am Legend’ and Dracula.  Phew!  Parts of it also reminded me of the TV show, 24, with its’ dodgy government agents and it’s ‘I’ll just read/watch one more chapter/episode’ before I go to bed’ appeal/magic!

The book is divided into 3 main parts and as it’s over 800 pages, each part is almost a novel by itself.  As you can imagine with such a huge book, there are lots of characters but even the lesser ones are clearly defined and created.  The main characters – love ’em or hate ’em – are very believable and you really get to know them.  There’s an 11 year old girl at the centre of the book, Amy, who has special powers.  As her role and what she is, is pivotal to the plot, I can’t really talk about her.  She is very intriguing though, and I was impressed when I found out that the author had created her specifically at the request of his 9 year old daughter.

The book portrays a chilling world of the future following a sinister military experiment that went wrong.  All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.  Colonies are formed and the book explores life in these colonies and the ones left outside…  It is the kind of book that will keep you up all night as you just have to keep turning those pages to find out what happens to everyone you feel you know personally.

 

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