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Year One: Chronicles of The One, Book 1 Kindle Edition
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (December 2017)
A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, 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, magick 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.
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“Electric and ground-breaking…A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts' legions of fans.” --Kirkus, Starred Review
“Fascinating characters and a well-built dystopia combine with a riveting plot that will attract a whole new group of readers." --Library Journal, Starred Review
“What Roberts has done, with her radical departure, is ensure that she will find new fans among readers attracted to apocalyptic sf and speculative fiction.” --Booklist
"A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s The Stand.” --New York Times Book Review
“You’ll be hooked.” --People Magazine
"Roberts knows exactly how to spellbind an audience.” --The Washington Post
“Nora Roberts has turned her pen to apocalyptic fiction. And, oh boy, she really delivered...fast-paced and energetic.” --Bustle
“The queen of the best-seller list is kicking off a new trilogy, a foray into dystopian fantasy that may earn the novelist a few gazillion more fans.” -- AARP.org, Best Books of Winter 2018
Recommended as one of four books students should read over winter break by The Carolinian, UNC Greensboro
About the Author
- ASIN : B06X6G8FKH
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (December 5, 2017)
- Publication date : December 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 5381 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 419 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250122953
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,523 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I actually think it is very Nora. The detailed descriptions will have u in tears or fears, laughter or disgust. She makes u feel as you read. You can't help it.
There are many characters & you will feel for nearly all & you will remember their stories. Flynn, Starr, Eddie, Katie, Arlys, Fred... I can't even begin to choose who will be the focus of the next in the series. And that was something different in this one. Turns out that there aren't obvious pairs that will survive. So you will cry. You will gasp. You will wonder why? How? This can't work. But by the end you will believe that it can & will turn out. Not sure how but ... WOW!
The issue of the dark theme... Nora has written other books with magic & books with evil. I think the difference was that this one has more instances where it appears that darkness & evil triumph. But previous books have had rape, death, evil. We just could find comfort that they would not triumph in one book. This one holds that hope off literally until the epilogue. Until then you still ache & are unsure about good being able to pull it out of the bag.
So block out 24 hours to read it (& it will be non stop) & make sure you not only have a box, or three, of Kleenex & take off the make up first, but also don't plan on letting anyone see your face for at least a day after you finish it.
Mild Spoilers Ahead
One aspect that Roberts did very well was the confluence of both events and characters. The plague part was over very quickly but the coming together and build up of the community and Lana's flight was very well done. Unlike other books, there isn't one central romantic couple but several. It is my guess that in later books, Fallon will connect with the other three babies - Duncan especially. I am really looking forward to what will follow this unique and awesome story.
I'll give this one 3 stars for now. I'm still a bit undecided on how I view this one. I've read her books for years, and I typically enjoy the trilogies. But over the past few years, I feel they were pretty formulaic...3 men, 3 women, strangers coming together to fight so light can triumph over dark,etc. In most of these, the characters were interesting enough for me to enjoy reading the books even if they felt a bit lighter in content and a bit rushed, too, over the last couple of series.
This was a big departure from that formula, and this book is decidedly darker. I don't mind darker content, and I expected it from the description so no worries there. But it was strange that the majority of the book spent so much time introducing characters and character interaction only to have the last part of the book completely eliminate those characters. I'll give the next one a shot and see if that changes. I usually disappear into a book and have enough imagination to feel I am living the story while I read. But I found I had absolutely no emotional investment in the story here, and that may not change with subsequent books. We'll see...
Bottom line, if you like darker stories and don't mind characters disappearing suddenly--and you like Nora Roberts books--you may find this enjoyable.
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I read about two books per week, mainly fantasy and dramas. But this book has two different stories going on that are two completely different styles that just don't work well together.
It's like it was set to be an end of the world story but with the rebirth of magic, except the magic contains elves and with craft magic but the story is written in two different styles to support the two different plots. I just hated it personally and only managed to get through 60% of the book, and it's rare I'll stop reading a book even if it is a bit crap.
This book personally isn't for me but other people may like it.
The writing was okay, but for some reason i couldnt keep track with what was going on. At some points a character will just make some mundane, out of context comment which just always threw me and had me reading back to check i'd not missed something.
I would have read the 2nd novel but not for £9.99. That's just too expensive for this.
Majority seem to really like this book though so please dont let my review put you off.
I particularly enjoyed the twist where a proportion of the survivors find they have a magical ability awakening. Max and Lana both have this ability and though Max has possessed a magical talent before the Doom strikes, his power becomes stronger. The storyline involving these two is the engine that powers the narrative arc forward as they are essentially the principle protagonists, although there are a few other characters in a supporting role. There is a price to pay – normal survivors are starting to turn on the Uncanny, as they are termed, and not without reason. Though there are many like Max and Lana who use their powers only to defend themselves and help others, there are others whose magical abilities are far darker. And without any law and order, they are running amok.
As might be expected by a storyteller with Roberts’ experience, the pacing and narrative are ably handled – I had more or less expected certain events to unspool in a particular way. But just when I was settling into the rhythm of what I thought would happen – Roberts throws a massive wrench into the story and it suddenly takes a left turn into a very different direction that left me scrambling to catch up – I love it when that happens. The ending is strong with Roberts tying up all the plotlines so the story arc has a satisfying conclusion, yet leaving a couple of dangling plot points waving in the wind so we want to return to discover what happens next. Which I certainly want to do as this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The so called apocolypse was secondary to gratuitous mess and mayhem which mostly did not make any sense to me.
For the first time ever, I have put a Nora Roberts book down and cannot make myself go back to it! It's almost as if some other person wrote this and simply added Nora's name.
Very disappointed in so many ways...I will not be reading Year Two if there is one !