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The Quake Cities Hardcover – March 2, 2021
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Alice wakes up in the Los Angeles Quake Zone in 2025 having no idea how she got there. As her memories slowly return, she finds she's being hunted by several armed groups intent on capturing her alive.
At the same time, Este, a survivor of the quakes that destroyed Los Angeles, makes a living as a pathfinder for salvage teams in the city. Este rescues Alice from her pursuers and learns there is something not quite right about her - Alice is convinced it is 2003.
Aided by Este's occasional boyfriend Wilfredo and her dog Casey, Este and Alice try to evade those chasing Alice and discover why they value her so highly, all while trying to reunite her with her family as the earthquakes around the world grow worse.
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- Publisher : Severn House Publishers; Main edition (March 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0727890522
- ISBN-13 : 978-0727890528
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,469,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Este, a Registered Nurse in her life before the quakes, her friend Wilfredo, and her rescue dog, Casey, work as Pathfinders/Tour Guides in the Los Angeles Quake Zone. Most of the time they are exploring the ravaged area for items for a finders fee.
One day they happen upon a young woman while they are out working - hurt, disoriented, and believing it is the year 2003 - and all their lives will definitely never be the same again.
As I noted, this book is a bit "out there" but then if I wanted a dreary read I'd collect grocery lists or read cereal boxes.
I liked the characters. I liked the concepts behind the story. None were explained too thoroughly but that was okay with me.
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy disaster thrillers and/or sci fi tales.
I received this book from Severn House through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
The main storyline timeline is set in the near dystopian future. Este’s and Wilfredo’s goal is to find the woman and collect the million dollars. The city is Los Angeles that had suffered three monumental earthquakes. This was a trend for many as major earthquakes happening around the world. There are people living within the ruins for various reasons who eschew the near normal living outside the quake zones, called LoP, Land of Plenty. Soon, into the novel a significant event occurs that significant changes the direction of how Este and Wilfredo will achieve their goal. These significant events keep occurring that also change Alice’s goals. My attention was captured and solidly held all the way to the end.
The B-storyline of both Este and Wilfredo is extensive and is portrayed by them talking with each other, with Casey, Este’s dog, and Alice. For Este, her actions and also tell much about her. There are several submain storyline threads that allow Este and Wilfredo to show additional sides of their personalities. Alice’s background is a major part of the main storyline and unfolds with the main storyline. The author weaves these B-storyline threads seamlessly into the main storyline threads. They enriched my enjoyment in reading this novel.
For areas that some readers find objectionable, there are not any intimate scenes, and foul language instances are the low single digits with zero f-bombs. The most possibly objective language is the use of Oh My.... Violence is another story. Most of it is described as it occurs which is more edgy. There is significant implied violence. While the level is significant, I did not find it objectionable. This book should not raise any red flags to readers.
I was surprised that this novel really was science fiction. The only novels that I had read by this author before this one were the three Luis Chavez novels that were straight mystery thrillers. I do read science fiction, and this is the type that I enjoy as it is a more story interaction that science fiction. There wasn’t anything negative in this novel for me. It kept me quite interested in continuing to read late into the night and the first thing when I woke in the morning. Everything was tied up by the end. Writing about the end, indicated that the future after the novel probably will challenging but there is hope. This is a good science fiction ending for me.
Overall, this novel met all the aspects I need for a five star rating. I enjoyed it. If you like action adventures with a little science fiction, I believe that you will like it also.
I received a free e-book version of this novel through NetGalley from Severn House Publishers with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Severn House Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this novel early.