Year One by Nora Roberts - Book Review

A stunning new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author - an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives...

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.


Book Breakdown

So let's start off with saying that I have never read a Nora Roberts book before. I'd heard of her of course, I don't live under a rock for crying out loud. Plus, my grandmother has read some of her books. They just never appealed to me... until I saw this one. It sounded so cool and so I grabbed it when I could. It was a very slow read for me. I would put it down for a few days and then come back to it later. 

It started out so good, the Doom out there and weird supernatural elements in there. It was great! Then it got really... basic. It was so terribly black vs white. Not gray area at all. Which made no sense, no one is ever black or white. Humans... or even uncanny. That's how it was here. The good ones never did anything evil and the bad ones never did anything good. It made me laugh at how clear cut the lines were. That just wouldn't ever happen. When I read, I don't mind and even enjoy taking some logic out of things, escaping to somewhere else. This was just too far though and again, I found it funny, no one is ever that black or white. Most of us are shades of gray. 

SPOILER INCOMING

This is an adult book and the plot.... ugh. I have seen better characters in things like A Living Nightmare and that is geared towards kids! Also... I hated how quickly Lana moved on from Max... sure she still remembers him and wears his ring but she jumps so fast... only a few months... I just... The writing is also kind of strange... I don't know how to describe it but it's just off somehow... all in all, this will be the last Nora Roberts book I ever read.


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