Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2019
I A.L.M.O.S.T. returned the book for a refund. Had the forward not included a warning, had I not bothered to read that warning, I surely would have. Fortunately for me (as a reader), the authors made note that parts of the book would seem that they were misogynists - and detailed why. (The End of the World would likely be a bad place for women and children - and anyone 'physically weaker'.) Still, it took S.O.M.E. doing not to be turned off, not to throw in the towel, for parts of the book are... quite violent towards women. It takes a LONG time before the women get to come into their own, so to speak. Almost the entire series seems to be against them, and not just the women. ANYONE weaker than the few who hold dominance against the whole is in jeopardy of loosing their lives in very specific, quite horrific manors.
With that said, and out of the way... the book itself, the story line, used violence against the women & weaker characters in the story to an advantage of an eventual outcome I LOVED seeing. By seeing, I mean, they painted the book, using words as their medium, in such a way as to be able to 'watch' it unfold as if watching a movie.
It's a VERY long omnibus, a great read that caused me to keep my light on for many nights. I hated that it ended. Of course - there's a follow up book, by T.W. Piper, titled "The Ruins", but I haven't yet read it. Due to our being financially handicapped I always have to wait on omnibus editions of series. I'm hoping "The Ruins" goes on sale some day (soon)!
I truly greatly enjoyed it (with a few exceptions, which actually FIT the book, as noted). I can't say that I would recommend it to "everyone", though, due to the graphic nature of violence (against anyone/thing that breaths). But if that isn't a problem for you, then - yes, I fully recommend it. The characters are described in great details allowing them all to come to life. The scenery, too. Everything is very well described.
I purchased this GREAT omnibus on sale for JUST $.99, the best buy I've made in AGES. <3