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The world as we know it is destroyed when a regional conflict spins out of control, pulling other nations into the war. Most major population centers are vaporized in the ensuing chaos, throwing millions of tons of dirt and ash into the atmosphere to block out the sun and create a nuclear winter.
A new age of lawlessness begins. The void created by the destruction of our central government is filled by local warlords who struggle against each other to provide resources for their people. These clashes threaten to destroy the last vestiges of humanity as the basic needs of food, water and shelter take precedence over everything else.
From the ruins of the irradiated wastes emerge the bloodthirsty scavengers and a dangerous new breed of creature known as the Changed, who are intent on the annihilation of the human race.
A small group of survivors from Illinois attempts to escape further south away from the deepening cold and increasing anarchy. Along the way, they discover that the true monsters are not the mutants of the wastes; instead the enemy that they must fear the most is their fellow man.
I love post-apocalyptic and zombie fiction, so I was definitely intrigued when this book was offered to me for review.
I liked the concept of this book (nuclear devastation, nuclear winter, everyone has to go into survival mode) and I got a Walking Dead vibe at times, particularly during the action scenes, which I enjoyed. The story took some interesting turns, and I liked that I never knew where the story was going to go next. The Changed? Giant scorpions? Really interesting!
There were times, though, where the story would jump forward in time and a few sentences would tell me what happened during that time. I found that pretty jarring, and actually would have liked to have read about the time that was skipped over.
I also lacked any sense of emotional investment or connection with the characters. I read because I was interested in where the story was going and in what would happen next, but not because I cared for any of the characters.
Overall, while I didn’t totally love the book, it was a good read with a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world that stood out from others I’ve read. Recommended for fellow post-apocalyptic, survival horror readers.