The Upheaval Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The first tremors of the earth were felt at 7:22 EST. time. Every single person felt the rumbling and experienced the tremors that would forever alter the course of history. Most did not survive. These are the accounts of some of those who did.
Following three sets of people, The Upheaval is filled with heartbreak and hope. The day starts out like any other but soon goes to calamity. From earthquake to fire to tsunami, they must face disaster from every angle - the world they once knew has shattered in a just a few hours.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 15 minutes|
|Author||Erica Stevens, Claire Bloom|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 10, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #84,263 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,089 in Horror Fiction
#6,490 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#16,622 in Horror Literature & Fiction
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The plotting and narrative are sadly lacking. We move from one disaster vignette to another with almost no connective verbiage that would provide some context for the dialogue. After reading the entire book, and waiting patiently for some explanation of why the world is falling into chaos, i am no closer than when i began.
I am a little concerned this is a plot device to get you to buy the next book in the series. This is something i dont appreciate and seldom pursue any clarification that should have been in the initial story. If that is indded the authors sales strategy, I would give it another think.
On to book 2 - more of the same. On to book 3 - more of the same. Over, and over again, they run from the zombies, are found by new ones, attack them and be attacked - yada, yada, yada. Books 2 and 3 have nothing new in them and were a waste of money.
Book 4 is the summary of their adventure and was worth the read. This author is very wordy and goes on and on relentlessly about the same thing with nothing new. The whole story could easily have been written in one book.
I would not recommend this series or this author.
We’re introduced to our main characters: John and Carl, landscape workers, Mary Ellen and Al, neighbors, and Riley and her friends, teenagers. They are all separately going about their days when violent earthquakes shatter their world. Forced to flee from crumbling ground, volcanic vents, and tsunamis, each group heads inland, unknowingly headed towards each other.
Stevens wastes no time with the action. I liked that we’re immediately thrown into danger with the characters. There’s no long, drawn out build up or endless paragraphs of needless detail. We get a basic understanding of our characters then get to watch them try and survive. The dialogue is well written, though there are grammar mistakes. The suspense builds well, especially once Riley and her friends, and Mary Ellen and Al separately reach the stadium. You just know something isn’t right but can’t be sure what the real threat is: people or nature.
This book hooked me for sure. I’m giving it four stars because while I enjoyed the story, I don’t particularly like when an author leaves you on a cliffhanger in order to sell the next book. After having read through the series twice now, I’m glad I got hooked. It’s become one of my fav apocalyptic series. Just give it a chance.
Top reviews from other countries
Didn't expect too much when I downloaded it, but I'm happy to admit I was totally wrong and realised I shouldn't judge a book before even reading it!
The book is well written and easy to follow the action and the characters. I was really surprised that the action gets going pretty much immediately and there are just enough main characters to allow you to follow each one. I won't add any spoilers as I would really recommend you to read it....but if you are looking for answers in the 1st novel as to what / why this is happening then you will be disappointed but what the story does brilliantly is that when you've finished the first novel there is no choice but to continue with the next one!. Also I think the story is so good that to do it justice you need more than one book anyway. I read this in 2 days as I couldn't put it down and needed to know what was next. Will probably read the next one just as quick!
Fantastic book/series that you can just lose yourself in the story (and hope it never happens off course!). I can get bored very quickly when reading, but not a problem with this book at all, in fact it made me realise I should have bought my Kindle a lot sooner as I've been missing out great stuff like this!. Now bought the full series as well as another book by the same author.
The characters are drawn together and then apart and together again, to end the story full circle. Some may not like the story as the events and conflict are caused by the world ending event rather than the characters. However, the characters are drawn well. They have individual personalities and, apart from one romantic fizzle I felt was more forced than felt, I could believe in them. I have faith that they will grow along with the series.
The main question this story leaves with is: what's happening, and who's at fault? The strange buzzing on the airwaves may suggest something not from this world... I am intrigued, but look forward with caution. I hope that the characters' stories grow to rule the story in later books more than the weather.
I found some similarities to Chasm by Stephen Laws, which is no bad thing as giant seemingly bottomless holes in the earth is a scary concept.
Whilst there is indeed plenty of action here, and good characters which I'll come to in a bit, there isn't an explanation why any of the apocalyptic style events take place. There are hints such as the weird sun thing and the animals acting all crazy, even characters make suggestions, but no definitive reason why.
That in itself is both a good and bad thing. The action and suspense is enough to keep you reading but after a while, say 1/3 of the way through, you begin to want to know why such calamity has struck the earth, or at least Massachusetts. I'm not saying there had to be an obvious and clear instrument behind the orchestra of chaos, but I needed something else to watch out for other than yet another round of earthquakes, lava, rivers etc.
However, looking at it from a long term series point of view, this first instalment is all about setting the scene, establishing location, characters, initial threat level and so on. Because it was an enjoyable read I was willing to overlook the need for a why, and keep turning the pages.
There is a school of thought in the writing world that states a writer needs to show the antagonist early on, the earlier the better, in order to give the protagonist someone to battle against. Until the actual bad guys are revealed the reader has no choice but to accept the geological menace as the bad guy. And that works, kind of, but it didn't feel like enough somehow.
I hope the second book has that revelation, otherwise the more discerning reader may feel cheated out of not having a big bad boss type to hate.
On the plus side there's a lot going on here, and enough threat to the survivors to keep me turning the pages to find out what the hell else can possibly go wrong next! I would have liked more conflict between the characters. Conflict is good, it's what drives the story forward. Having said that I was happy to settle for the brutal conflict between characters and angry geology.
Of all the characters I found John and Carl the most entertaining, and I rooted for them considerably more than the others. More so when they find Rochelle, and the scene with the guys taking the truck is very good, nicely written with just the right amount of tense, edge of your seat style stuff. Both characters had a good arc, progressing from garden maintenance guys swapping banter to protectors of a child, willing to kill to protect her.
Mary Ellen is weak and pathetic, with no redeeming features and fails to progress and grow. Al, whilst a stronger character, is merely the other side of Mary Ellen, and to some extent the story would have benefited from combining both characters into one, with the weak Mary Ellen at the start, progressing to the stronger more determined elements of Al as the story moves on. That would have made for a more engrossing character arc.
As for Xander and Riley, they stand out nicely, although that seems due to their student pals being little more than filler characters whose purpose is to highlight Xander and Riley's relationship. I like the idea of a group of friends coming together against a threat, where issues like loyalty, love, loss, hope, fear and so on, become vastly more important in times or terror.
However, because those other characters, Carol, Bobby, Lee and...not sure if I'm missing someone, have considerably less page time they therefore feel less important to the reader, who won't lament their death or their choices as much as Xander or Riley.
What I loved was how the story moved from one set of characters to another, with their own survival stories winding around one another, growing ever closer together. I found myself hoping they wouldn't miss each other and would eventually team up. For me that 'will they won't they' element was what made the story tense and exciting.
Two issues brought me out of the story, not that it impacted on my enjoyment a great deal, but they were very noticeable and should have been avoided. First, there were way too many wan smiles from almost every character. A single character smiling wanly is okay, sort of, though personally I don't like a wan smile as it feels weak and hard to visualise.
But when wan smiles come from other characters I started to wonder if any of them were taking their life or death situation seriously? And therefore why should I take time to believe and hope in them? To make matters worse there are wan smiles at the weirdest of times, like during intense action where the character should be concentrating on getting away from the threat, not throwing around wan smiles.
The other issue, worse than the wan smiling, was the use of the word 'anymore' not only by the author but by every character. It's understandable for a character swept up in a life changing catastrophe to say: "Do you honestly think it matters anymore?" But the same word crops up over and over again. Every character has the same idea, that after seven hours of chaos they assume everything on the planet, their lives and their future will never ever be the same again.
That's a huge assumption, especially for every character to arrive at it independently. I searched the kindle edition for 'anymore' and found 63 results. It may seem like a somewhat pedantic comment to make but it grated on my nerves after yet another character used had used it. It would have had more impact had it been used a few times in that context to reinforce what is clearly a world changing event.
Those two jarring elements aside this was still a cracking read. Enjoyable start to finish. This was a refreshing take on an apocalyptic scenario that doesn't have zombies, aliens or religious aspects to it. Even the point I made about having no big bad boss guy is intriguing because the reader is left with a sense of: "But why....?" and the desire to read the next instalment.
I'm very much looking forward to the next book!