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Liam's Promise (The Doomsday Kids #1)

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Separated from the parents by a nuclear blast, eight kids must survive the end of the world as we know it.
Kindle Edition, Kindle, 259 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by K Squared Books (first published March 23rd 2014)
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The moment in time that the world fears has arrived. The country has been decimated by nuclear attacks, maybe even the world and a group of eight kids make an unlikely group as they forge their way to the safety of a hidden mountain cabin, hundreds of miles from home. Was it fate that each child would bring something special to their group in their struggle to survive? Old rivalries and jealousies ar
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Liam gets a call at school from his mother urging him to head to the mountainside with his little sister as the shit stuff is about to hit the fan. Picking up his best friend on the way, he gets his little sister (who has down syndrome), but the catastrophe happens before they can make it out of town. His father, a prepper, has prepared his kids for such an event and so Liam, Amaranth and his sister Lily spend time in the family's
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As a child, I cut my literary teeth on adults' apocalyptic literature: A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ; TOMORROW!; ON THE BEACH; ALAS, BABYLON; EARTH ABIDES. One consequence of this reading was lifelong phobias; another was an abiding, unending love of the genre--I just can't get enough of it. Third is a need for the vividness, the vicarious experiencing of apocalyptic conditions, that these novels gave me. That experiencing doesn't
Selena Lang
Jul 19, 2016 Selena Lang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Very good, well written dystopian book. It was fast paced and exciting to read. I liked that not everything went their way and that they did not automatically know every right way of doing something like in most of these dystopian type books. The kids had some skills, but the main character was not over the top knowledgeable about every little thing. It felt more realistic than most of the others in this genre that I have read.
Kay Marie
Apr 09, 2014 Kay Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another nail biter ya book! I will admit this has to be the most terrifying of all because the situation is way too realistic. while the writing is definately geared towards a younger age I really enjoyed it. now I am just sad I have to wait for the next book! although I am glad I wont be stressed out while reading a book...till the next one I'm sure. next time I will stick to my rule of not starting a series till all the books are out because the waiting will be no fun!
Anna Coossa
4 stars
I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to the author for providing me with the opportunity to review it.

Liam receives a phone call from his Mom to get to the Mountain Place. He runs to find his sister and sort-of girlfriend to get them to his bunker. Everybody knows about their bunker apparently (kind of the same problem with Strasser’s Fallout ) –so instead of four there are eight in the bunker.
My four stars are for the following:

Characters are distinct from each other. Dia
Jan 08, 2015 Melek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will write a review as soon as I reach my pc. Loved it, that's for sure.


I've always been a dystopian-lover. Just give me disasters, people gone crazy, survival and all; I'm always in. This book gave me exactly what I needed.

In the first book of The Doomsday Kids series, Liam's Promise, we meet with Liam (duh). I can't remember his age, but he must be around 15 or 16. Their father is a survivalist, so that he and his sister, Lilly, has spent all their lives getting prepared if something terrib
Veronica ⭐️
Nov 23, 2014 Veronica ⭐️ rated it it was amazing
One day at school Liam gets “the call”. The one for which his father has been training him and his sister, Lilly, all their lives. It’s the phone call from his mother to tell him to get his sister and go straight to the Mountain Place. An apocalyptic disaster is imminent and there is no time to waste. I riveting suspenseful teenage read as we follow a group of mismatched children on their journey of survival after a nuclear explosion destroys everything they have ever known.

Very well written wit
Aug 03, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karyn Folan takes you on a new ride in this post-apocalyptic world with the Doomsday Kids, a group of kids that just happened to survive the fallout of the world. This mix matched bunch of kids were put together by chance or fate and learned that life after the fallout is not the life they had once enjoyed living. Liam Harper, the main character in this story becomes the leader of the group by chance only because he seems to know a lot about survival only because his absent father was a doomsday ...more
Mari Anne
Apr 27, 2014 Mari Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! Wasn't sure what to expect from this YA novel, but what I found was a surprisingly good read. Much like another apocalyptic favorite, Monument 14, this follows a group of kids thrown together after a nuclear attack. After an awkward start, the plot quickly moves along and keeps you riveted. This is one that will be greatly enjoyed by those that like apocalyptic or survivalist stories.
This has a wicked cliff hanger of an ending, but that makes me anxious to read the next one. Too bad I have
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
This book was extremely well-written and the e-book was properly formatted. The story was so realistic that I couldn't keep reading it. I love post-apocalyptic books and didn't realize that this one actually started right before the apocalypse. I can't handle that kind of book, so I had to stop reading it. However, that should be a good sign because someone who likes those types of books would LOVE this book.
May 28, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story. Despite being another end of the world scenario, this one was original and well developed. The characters were appealing and interesting. They showed how being different from everyone else can be an advantage for you at the most unexpected times. I can't wait to read the sequel!

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Nov 01, 2016 Joanne rated it it was amazing
I read this book when it was called, "Ashes, Ashes" #1.

I thought this was a devastating book. It accurately portrayed life after nuclear war through the eyes of two little girls and six high school students. It starts with a mother calling her son to tell him to get his sister and head to the Mountain Place, where their father has built a doomsday bunker. From that point, we follow the kids as they try to make their way from the school to the Mountain.

I was most struck by the sense of loss--and
Heather Duff
Jun 10, 2014 Heather Duff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy - my original review can be found here

I feel a bit like the equivalent of the Discovery channel, instead of Shark Month or whatever, I have Dystopian Month and usually as soon as I mention the word dystopian REM come in to my head, all together now "It's the end of the world....."!

I featured some preppers of a different kind yesterday in Cameo Renae's ARV-3 but Doomsday Kids has the mother lode of all
Lelia Taylor
Jun 19, 2015 Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

Oh, my. I think I’m in book-love.

Choosing to read Liam’s Promise was a no-brainer for me because the post-apocalyptic genre draws me in like no other. I do enjoy many other genres but this one always intrigues me the most because it opens a window on what humanity really is at its core, how it behaves when conditions are at their worst. Knowing ahead of time that a nuclear disaster was in store, the opening line grabbed me right away:

'She couldn’t have picked a worse time.'

From that mom
Jules Welker
I am wearily coming to an end of a long line of disaster distopian novels and series.
Even so, this grabbed my attention because the boy was prepared by his family for such a situation. It was interesting to see someone with all the expertise dealing and struggling through the aftermath of a bomb drop.


Not that he is necessarily taking the easy way in life. He has a goal which is keeping his promise to take care of his sister. He does this and saves some other kids on the way. His neighbors, the
May 06, 2014 Koeur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Doomsday
Publishing Date: August 2014
ISBN: 9780615966083
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 2.8/5

Publisher Description: Separated from their parents by a nuclear blast, eight kids must work together to survive. Liam’s Promise is the first of six books in The Doomsday Kids series

Review: First of six books in a series you say? Better change the cover art to follow a theme if you’re planning a series. Presently it is reminiscent of a Twilight movie poster.

Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread:

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, having picked it up with an idea of reading more YA SF and not recognising the author’s name, although it seems there’s quite an extensive backlist out there. In the UK, we’ve been possibly shown quite a skewed view of the survivalist and home-schooling movements across the Atlantic, but Liam and his family seemed to be very different to those stereotypes.

Liam is back in the mainstream school
Kathryn Svendsen
Liam Harper hasn’t been to public school for the last five years. His dad has been home schooling him. But now he’s back in school, in grade ten. He’s fifteen years old and he’s feeling awkward. How else is he supposed to feel when his dad is a double-amputee war veteran who is always talking about the end of the world? Then he shows up at school on the first morning of school with his bug-out bus!

Then in the middle of class, Liam’s mom phones him and tells him to pull his sister out of school a
Aug 09, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, thank you!

Another fast read for me. I am a recent dystopian and apocalyptic book addict and I was pretty excited to be given the chance to read this book. I always seem to find the books that start after the bomb drops, or the SHTF, as Liam would say. I'm always really happy to find a book or movie that shows life leading up to the end of the world, and though this book technically begins on the very day that the bombs are dropped, but it still provided e

This is a decent book about the survival of a group of children after a nuclear war. Aimed at the YA market so there is not much graphic detail about radiation sickness and although the children encounter plenty of corpses, Folan does not go in to great depth with her descriptions, so sutiable for a wide-age range.

It is not as enthralling as other books set within a similar genre, such as Brother in the Land or Z for Zachariah in terms of storytelling or world-building, but there is plenty h
Gidget Jordan
May 19, 2014 Gidget Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book as a first-reads giveaway but I planned to buy it no matter if I had not won. MY oldest child has gotten into this kick about how he is going to blow everything up and violence is great (I know, its the video games and TV and even just friends) Well, I wanted him to read something (because he LOVES to read) that would show him the emotional side. He is old enough to know bombs are bad and has read about Hiroshima but hasn't been able to emotionally connect to these things ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liam Harper is sitting in class when his mother calls to tell him to leave and get his sister, Lily who hold on to her girlfriend Elise and get to safety. It's happening -- the nuclear bomb. Liam also stops to get a girl who he likes and his teacher Mrs. Standish. Liam, his friend, Lily, Elise make it to his home before the bomb goes off. To his dismay, he finds that his house has been looted. Two classmates start to carry off with the stolen goods and two of the neighbor kids are there when the ...more
Clare O'Beara
Liam has the nutcase survivalist dad, so when the atom bomb goes off, Liam is already making for the family's secret cellar. Dragged in with him are his younger sister Lilly who has Down's syndrome and a bunch of other kids who were raiding the store of emergency food.

The stay in the bunker is realistically told and the frightened, angry kids who can't understand or dislike one another don't come out better friends. Outside they find scavenging desperate adults, wrecked buildings and destroyed
Another teens surviving the Apocalypse tale, this time after a nuclear war. This turned out much better than I expected. While not as well-written and plotted as Mike Mullin's Ashfall, it certainly matched it for page-turning speed. Liam, the son of a "Prepper", Liam, his Down Syndrome sister Lilly and some other classmates who force themselves in survive the blast in a bomb shelter stocked by his father. After remaining in the shelter as long as they can, they set out for the "Mountain Place" ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Jenna rated it it was ok
2.5 stars I wanted so much more from this book, the premise sounded good.
The writer put in the right characters, diversity in age and culture. She put in situations that could be true but for some reason the writing felt short, she couldn't convince me this could be real or true.

The characters were o.k not flat but not fully developed either.

Laim father is a prepper and when Shit Hits the Fan he knows what to do. He takes his sister, her friend, a girl from school and two enemies across the cou
Sarah Crawford
Feb 05, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
The story opens with Liam being told to get out of school at that moment and head home. He picks up his younger sister (who has Down's Syndrome) and they and six others take shelter in a basement safety room they call 'The Hole' while Washington, D.C. is nuked.

They believe there is a place in the mountain's that Liam's father has that they can get to and try to survive but they don't realize how quickly the behavior of some humans will degenerate into violence. They are attacked more than once
Cyndel Schafer
May 30, 2014 Cyndel Schafer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
3 1/2 stars
Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The first half of this book was hard to get through. It just seemed to move so slow. I loved all the characters. I could relate to each of them and their interactions with each other is exactly what I would expect from people their age. I really wish there would have been a little more action at the beginning though.
The flash back were a little tiresome at points, though I see why it was added and did add to the story line and e
Oct 10, 2014 Joanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author as part of a on-line contest. Folan's characters are believable and, for the most part, relatable. In thinking about my high school classes, I can predict there are several students who will enjoy this book, and will want to read what happens to Liam and the rest of the kids in Book 2. Apart from the post-apocalyptic theme, there are other issues which come to light through Folan's characters ... different-abilities, racial tension and stereotyping, abuse, ...more
Luke Harridge
Jul 08, 2014 Luke Harridge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I immensely enjoyed reading The Doomsday Kids: Liam's Promise.
The storyline will always be of my liking when their are teenagers, world issues and freedom involved.
I liked the characters, related and identifiable through their own personalities and also their strengths. I got to the point where I simply could not put the book down for the fact that I had a need to know what was going to happen just around the corner.
A great read.
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Karyn Langhorne Folan graduated from Harvard Law School and after practicing and teaching law for several years, decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of twenty-one books and counting, including three young adult titles for the popular Bluford High series, four romance novels, several works of nonfiction. She has also been the ghostwriter for personalities in the ...more
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