Review: Year One by Nora Roberts

Review by Poo Penny


WOW!! I was surprised by this book. I have never read a Nora Roberts book… (I think?) I am pretty sure I tried and put them down. My Aunt was reading this, and said its a post apocalyptic book, and she thought I’d like it. Well I did! I mostly did anyways. The story premise was phenomenal, while delivery was a little…. less impressive.

The book starts out innocently enough, a family gathering, and then some weird things happen, blood is involved, and then all of a sudden, everyone is getting sick. I could have done without the super detailed description of mucus and diarrhea, I almost gagged while reading it. And then, the family spreads their mysterious sickness to like, the entire world! That escalated quickly. This apparently releases magick into the world. There are fae that are released as well. There are not many people left, the Doom(sickness from earlier) killed about 2/3 of the world population. The only reason I coudn’t give this book 5 stars was I felt the prophecy of the one was thrown in last minute.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from our local library

About the book:

In her newest work, the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…
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.
And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she share 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, 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.
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.