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Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2021
I have enjoyed this series a lot up to this point, but found this book to be a let-down. There was a major editing error when a group from the valley go to town to see if they can trade some goods. Sara was part of that group and it was said she "was doing a lot better after Randi gave her some tough love, basically telling her to snap out of it or crawl off to die somewhere." Nope! In a previous volume, it was Charlotte, Gary's daughter who lost her husband Dave and went into a debilitating depression prompting Randi's harsh but effective comment. Sara was also Gary's daughter and was married to Will. I was sorry to see that Boss survived and even sorrier how much time was spent on his planning, his prosthetic and everything that he did to seek revenge. I was mostly sorry that Jim has been completely boxed in by the story to have become a pariah. He wasn't alone on the escapade to stop the group that murdered the people at the substation and eliminate the threat posed by the power plant which did not have any wellbeing of the inhabitants of the area in mind. That part of the story is not even mentioned again, though the murdered people were friends and neighbors of the town and of Kyle the lone survivor. The town is mad at Jim who is mad that they don't see that the desire for electricity and suspension of some freedom is a socialist trap (SIGH). Jim was such a central character, willing to work hard and do what was necessary to save his family and tribe, but I don't know where he can go from here. I am starting to wish that I had stopped with book 6.