Top positive review
This is so realistic and honest, many of the Hero's don't make it.
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
The saddest part of this book, and series, is the first line in the Preface, "Welcome to the last installment of "The Ruins". I've been with William since his Mom first discovered his "Smudges" way back in the first book in the largest surviving community of Brighton. This saga begins about three hundred years following a cataclysmic end of the Civilization we know. Most of the technological advances we made have been lost and we're back in "Dark Ages" condition's where Myth, Mysticism, and Deranged Religion rule. There are some artifacts and books that are occasionally found and one class of the survivors is studying these items but the rate of learning is dismally slow and mostly inaccurate.
I normally avoid leaving what I consider "HS Book Report" style reviews. If a prospecting reader is looking for this kind of summary, the authors do a much better job than any reviewer. Because this "Book 4" is the ending of a excellent but long series I felt the need to provide some background.
One of the things I like about this author is the level of trust l feel for the situations the main characters find themselves in. As a kid in the late 50's it seemed absurd to me that other kids were really concerned, "The Lone Ranger", or "Timmy and Lassie", or some other Serial Hero left on a cliff-hanger last week might not make it. Of course they made it or the series would end. T. W. Piperbrook treats his audience with greater maturity and respect and has the courage to allow the Good Guy to be killed often enough to keep the suspense real.
I'm so glad the Author has left the possibility open for some future observations into the few remaining survivors adventures.
Review by THE HOLEY ONE