What's Left of My World: A Story of a Family's Survival Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Lauren Russell often wondered why her father had been so adamant about teaching her skills that most other fathers wouldn't even consider teaching their daughters. Ever since she was little, she had been taught how to live and survive outdoors, and how to use firearms to protect herself and those around her. Some of the training had been a bit extreme. Or had it been?
Many of her questions were answered the day the world as she knew it ended. Now, the skills she had been taught serve an essential purpose. They keep her and those she cares about alive.
Even in the sparsely-populated mountains of West Virginia, where she and her family have been forced to relocate for their safety after the collapse, peril lurks around every corner. Normal life has taken on a whole new meaning for Lauren, her family, and the community they have become a part of. In this different world, the new status quo is self-preservation. There is no more middle ground. People either live, or they die.
Lauren's father didn't make it home on the day the world changed forever, and she misses him more than anything. Now, in What's Left of My World, she and her family must learn to endure life's horrors - without him.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 14 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 04, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #51,647 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#303 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#808 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,361 in Dystopian Fiction
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This one starts with Lauren Russell. Lauren, her Mother Michelle and sister Grace have survived the collapse. In order to do so they had to leave their home and live in the cabin that's in a valley in West Virginia. Everyone in the valley is a survivor. They hunt, fish and raise gardens for food and many have large amounts of freeze dried food, rice, beans and other dry goods. The whole valley is full of survivors. Survivors who have to fight off the takers now and then.
Takers are people who didn't plan for a catastrophe and steal to survive. Any of them caught in the valley are shot.
Right now Lauren is doing one of her walkabouts which is patrolling the trails that are all over the area. On a high spot Lauren hears and explosion. From where she is she can't see and decides a longer trip will be needed to see exactly what happened.
Laurens Father is the man who trained her to survive in any situation. She has an AR-15 and her Glock for weapons and a back pack full of food and items she might need. Lauren misses her dad.
Alan Russell went to work in DC like always but never made it home. Both Lauren and her Mother wait for him every day. Knowing Alan like they do they expect him to make it home.
Once Lauren gets to a point where she can see smoke rising she heads down to investigate and find a vehicle that has been blown up and several bodies. After surveying the area she finds a blood trail and knows someone made it out. The bodies are to badly burned to identify anyone so Lauren heads for that long walk home to let all the valley people know what she's found.
On the way she stumbles on a guy at a campsite with a fire going. The man is dressed in a black uniform with DHS patches and Lauren knows he's an enemy. The man is Christian and he tells her that he and those with him, the other dead men, were under cover in DHS and he is actually a member of a militia. Lauren decides he's telling the truth.
Christian has been shot in the calf and after throwing him a med kit he bandages his leg and tells Lauren they need to leave because DHS will be back with dogs to track him. Lauren agrees and they head for her home.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Lauren, Christian, Michelle, Norman, John, Lee, Fred a biker gang the DHS, death and Lauren Russell and those with her doing their best to survive and stay alive.
A post-apocalyptic story narrated by Kevin Pierce and an intro by the author explains the books that he read that made him want to get prepared (and write a novel). I mean, how could I not love this? Well, I did. It was totally different from most of the post-apocalyptic books that I've read but had a lot in common too.
What's Left of My World follows Lauren after the world has already started to fall apart. We aren't told what happened and we're only left with small pieces of what is going on outside of their camp, but you can tell that things have gone bad quickly and everyone that has made it out alive so far is stronger because of it.
The story follows Lauren (for the most part) as she is navigating the world without her dad and the world that is unforgiving. She is an incredibly likable main character and not your typical post-apocalyptic hero or heroine. She's young and should be making mistakes left and right. But, her dad made sure that she was prepared for almost anything and that she was the strongest person she could be emotionally ("turn it into something else").
This story was much more focused on the family and how they were surviving than the actual apocalypse or even the people who were out to get them. Sure, there were some fast-paced attacks and issues near the middle and end, but the story is a little slower than my average PA book. I'm not complaining. I know that Rudolph is setting up the world and main characters so that I understand what will happen next.
I think that overall, I enjoyed What's Left of My World as a change of pace post-apocalyptic book. Lauren is easily one of my favorite main characters in a PA book in quite some time, and her story is one that I definitely want to follow. If you liked stories like The Hunger Games or Divergent for the strong female lead, then you should check out What's Left of My World. Lauren will make you wish you were her (even though her situation really stinks).
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As the first in a series, for me, there is too much information missing that I'd rather know in book one, personal preference.