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Devastation (Built on Fear #1)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Devastated by a seemingly unforeseeable attack, America is shattered by a military that is the least likely of suspects. In the aftermath, American civilians are left to run, hide, die or fight, pushing through all weakness in their effort to stay alive. Fighting against all odds, seventeen year old Fallon and twelve year old Emery struggle through a nightmare they can't w ...more
ebook, 264 pages
Published December 14th 2011 by Shandy L. Kurth
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Paige Smith
As an English teacher, I am always on the hunt for new books to introduce to my students, especially Dystopian ones. This novel didn’t disappoint. It follows teens who are moving to the “Safe Zone” after the US has been attacked by Canada. Set in 2032 and told from multiple points of view, the teens are plagued by a lack of food and water. They undergo devastation, brutality, and torture to the point where I had to set down my kindle to reflect. It did take me a little bit to get used to the jum ...more
Goodreads only goes to 5 stars but this book goes beyond that!!!

I won “Devastation” in a contest held by Shandy. I knew this book was a dystopian so there was no doubt I would like it, but OH MY GOD!!!! I was blown away. Right from the beginning it captured my attention. The action, the violence, the pulse pounding hope that these characters wouldn’t be caught was never ending. The chapters are short and begin with where each set of characters is located as they make their way to the ‘Safe Zone’
Eyrsi Enosh

America is in shambles, attacked by an unlikely foe. Streets are barren, buildings crumbled, water fleeting, and food scarce. A handful of people struggle to survive, moving towards where there is rumor to be a safe zone. Driven by terror, desperation, and instinct, these few souls must overcome trying odds in order to survive in a world lacking human compassion.

My Review:

The good:

Let’s start off by saying that I didn’t want to put it down. I NEEDED to know what would happen to Fallen, E
Laura Young
Title: Devastation (Built On Fear 1)
Author: Shandy L. Kurth
Released date: December 14th 2011
Page count: 264
Genre: Young Adult, dystopia
My rating: 5/5 stars

The Review:
So recently I was introduced to this genre and have been finding more and more. Some how I managed to never read a book with this dystopia as their main theme. There were many characters and here's something to know don't grow attached to a group very much. Something I figured out also she has no problems killing off characters.
Love this book so much...WOW!!!! This could so easily happen and I dont think there are many of us who would be able to handle it....I dont know many adults much less YA who would be able to walk threw States to get to safety...What I found even more astounding is what I think would be worse being caught by the enemy and being abused,tortured and dang near killed plus being made to be forced to betray Country or finally thinking you are going to be safe because you are back with your Country and ...more
I was very excited to read this book and thankfully I was not disappointed! I love Dystopian books and Shandy L. Kurth's "Devastation: Built on Fear 1" is perfect for you if you also like Dystopian books. I will not be giving away any of the book in my review, but I will say that I loved who the enemy was in this book (a very nice change of pace). I'm waiting impatiently for Part 2 to be released.
Wow, Shandy has some serious writing skills! I couldn't stop turning the pages. Dark YA, so might not be for the young teens, but a definite read for anyone else. Can't wait to read Isolation!
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This book is very good and thought provoking. Shandy Kurth has made a thought that is unbelievable. America is totally destroyed by Canada. There is nothing left. Those that are, struggle to stay alive. At first it was a bit confusing the way the chapters were set up but once I got into the reading, it became clear the way it was done. It took me a day and a half to read it. What the children went through to stay alive is beyond imagination. I cannot wait for book
This story is fast paced, constantly changing and keeps you on your toes. I love the characters and their adventure. I cried so hard because you start to care for each of them. Shandy takes you on a journey through a new war, a devastated America and a fight for survival from several different characters eyes by way of continually changing groups. It broke my heart how people can lose their humanity and all their morals due to hunger, violence and fear but Shandy truly wrote a believable story l ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Kappi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
In 2032, a war is raging in America. People who survive the devastated cities are trying to make it south to the rumored "Safe Zone". The story switches back and forth between different perspectives as everyone desperately fights for survival and the imminent threat of dehydration or worse. Much worse.

This book is fast paced and, at times, I literally had to walk away because I was reading too fast. I didn't want it to end. I felt a range of emotions as I followed everyone's journey down to the
Cinda Lee
Devastation by Author Shandy L. Kurth.

Released December 15, 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Action, Thriller, Survival, Dystopian

Publisher: Createspace and smashwords

Devastation book Review.

I just finished Devastation and in my opinion it was enticing.

It pulled me in completely and kept me wanting more. As it went from character and back explaining the stories of young children/adults traveling through a broken America.Caught in the middle of a war between the U.S and Canada,young Sandi and her 17 year
Kristin Scearce
Disclaimer: I was given an e-book copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

"Devastation" is set in 2032, and it follows a group of kids and a soldier as they try to escape from the war raging around them, a war between the U.S. and a very unlikely foe. Some of the children are related, and they are trying to save what little family they have left; others meet each other along the way and work to protect one another from the hazards of war, the elements, and just plain dehydration and
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My heart was pulled into this story before I even knew what happened. The story starts off with three sets of teens in dire circumstances. Canada has attacked the US and there is no longer work or school. There are only Americans fleeing across the nation to safety or hiding in their homes waiting for rescue. It has been 48 days and the state of Ohio is in devastation. 17 year old Fallon and his 15 year old sister, Sandi, are forced to leave their dying mom in search of food. 12 ye
Caddy Rowland
First of all, I want to say that I love dystopian novels. My favorite book of all time is 1984. That can be both a good thing and a bad thing when reading another dystopian. To my relief, this book is nothing like 1984. 1984 is a classic and does not need reworking.

I found that this book engaged me right from the start. I liked the characters a lot, especially Fallon and Desiree. The story was well developed and kept my interest. If things drag in a book I am outta there, and this one kept me go
Mandy Buchanan
So I picked up this book because I sort of met the Author through another person on facebook. We have been commenting back and forth etc and I decided to get the book and have a read. Well I will say this I read this book in basically 1 sitting (took a 6 hour nap after being up for over 24 hours after I read the first chapter). However after my break/nap I couldnt put it down. I couldnt wait to get to the end, not so it would be over but so I could see what happened. The struggle these character ...more
Let me begin by saying that this book was better than Kurth's last novel It Can Always Get Worse. There was better pacing, better plot development, better characters with more personalities, and overall better writing and use of writing conventions.

With that being said, I still have some issues with it.

The first and foremost issue is the outrageous amount of typos and grammatical errors in the book. This is not the author's fault; it's the editor's. How he could miss so many issues is beyond me.
Heather Alexander
After being invaded by the Canadian army 17 year old Fallon and his 15 year old sister are left to take care of their dying mother. 12 year old Emery and 8 year old brother Conner are abandoned by their mother. 16 year old Desiree is on her own after her father is gunned down by the Canadians. Guy is a Canadian soldier who was heading off to college when he was called to a duty he didn't agree with, but to protect his family her goes. As the kids set off separately on a journey towards what they ...more
Imagine a world where all your rights were taken away. I mean EVERYTHING. Houses, streets, towns, leveled by bombs. Ghost towns, lack of food, water, sort of like a modern day invasion apocalyptic style. Invaded by an unsuspecting country, forced to denounce everything you've ever known, for the "New Government" or face certain death. Fallon, Sandi, Emery, Conner, Desiree and Guy. Their stories enter twined with each others, all headed south to the US Army to be FREE. There is one heart stopping ...more
Christina M Condy
Imagine a world torn apart by war. Now imagine you’re just a kid and have to fend for yourself. Do you take in other kids and help them or do you just look out for number one? Well in this fabulous first novel by Shandy L. Kurth we find out just what makes us tick. I found myself thinking ahead. I found myself linked inexplicably to Fallon who seems to be just as I imagine I would be, helpful and protective of those younger than myself.

In this book Shandy does something I actually enjoyed, she
Julie Barrett

Devastation by Shandy Kurth
The Marquerings: starving and Fallon can't wait for things to get back to normal. His mother and sister live there also. His mother urges him to go with his sister and find the army as they can feed them.
The Flories: Emery and her brother lived in the basement-where their mother left them, just about out of food.
Desiree Baldi hid in a storm drain pipe in shock remembering the disfigurement of her father. Like how she uses phrases from the Bible to get her through her j
I absolutely loved this book! I purchased it on a whim after hearing so many great things about it, and everyone's positives reviews were right! This is a wonderful dystopian fiction chronicling several children as they make their way through horror and pain to the "Safe Zone" on the east coast of America after a war with Canada erupts. Normally when a book has so many main characters, I choose a favorite and lose interest in the others. However, the author provided readers with an alternating p ...more
Jamie Turbessi
This book was worth every penny spent on fact it would be one of the rare ones that I would have spent $10.00 on for the e-book and will be purchasing the paper copy!

The chapters are written back and forth b/w characters but are done in a way that I wasn't left confused wondering who was who and it kept hold of my interest/attention. The characters are so well built that you will find yourself ripping through the pages to get to their stories wondering what is going to happen next and w
I don't normally read dystopian books, but I made an exception for this one and I'm glad I did! I loved the characters and their development. Kurth also does a great job of telling a realistic story. This is a war and bad things happen, the kids in this story do not have super skills that get them through the war, miraculously, in one piece. They go through hell to survive. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone - if you like action, this book has it. If you are more into the character ...more
Krystal Marlein
This book has it all. Danger, excitement, emotion, friendship, survival. It is extremely well written and very entertaining and engaging. It is told through the view point of several characters. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a YA Dystopian Thriller. Personally the only thing I didn't like about this book was who the bad guy was. That's it. And it's only because I'm from that country & well I love my country! :) But yes if your looking for a great book that is well written ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
May 26, 2012 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Shandy L Kurth Author
Imagine......The life you once had and everything and I DO mean everything in it has been destroyed, and you could be the ONLY survivor......You search high and low for shelter, saftey, and food, and ending up finding none of it......That's what happens in this book. Survivor's trying to survive after a military attack. Very fast paced and easy read!! I LOVEd this book and in my opinion, it is a MUST read!! Thank you, Author Shandy L Kurth for such a heart pounding, eye awakening story!! This co ...more
I truly enjoyed this book. The suspense kept you on the edge of your seat, the character made you want to hug them and weep on their shoulders, and the bits of humor softened it all. The characters are well rounded and believable, which seems to be difficult for many authors. Not Shandy! The overall writing was strong with some errors, but we all have those, don't we?

Overall this is a great read, and I recommend this. I also recommend following the author on facebook.
This book was a great read. Very fast paced and full of action. It shows you what would happen if the US was invaded by a unlikely country. My heart was in my throat most of the time. Nothing like your country being invaded to get your heart beating fast. Alliances are made, stretched, and broken. It gives you a glimpse into peoples character and how adults and "children" react in times of crisis. I was left wanting more.
I'm not even sure of what to write. I mean, I don't know how to put the awesomeness of the book down to words. First of all, I just want to make it clear that I love this book. I was drawn in from the first page. Everything about the book is good. When I finished the last page, I was desperate to read the second. That's how good it is. Believe me, you won't regret giving this book a chance.
Victoria Rapaglia
I thought this was an action packed book that kept me riveted to the pages. It makes you want more to know what will happen next to the group. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who loves to read. Just let it take u away to a time and place that you would never think it would happen to us.
Paula Mccue
Not what I would normally read, got it cheap and decided to give it a shot, was so glad I did, absolutely loved it, great story, kept me gripped throughout, cant wait till the next one ( Isolation), get it and read it, you wont be dissapointed, If I could give it more than 5 stars I so would.
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I was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. I love writing, reading, my beautiful baby girl and my hubby. I like to listen to Rock and Roll old or new and read just about anything YA although I'm still working on getting into the paranormal.

When I am writing I just can't wait to see whats going to happen next! If you do not like my characters do not blame me, blame them! They have a mind of their own
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“Let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave."
"What the hell did she just say?"
"I think she just threatened us with the wrath of God.”
“You gonna make it? Fallon asked Brody, eyeing him. He looked two steps from the grave. Well, if I don't, you guys feel free to eat me. A little meat would do you good. These damn veggies ain't doing shit.” 4 likes
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