I picked up this book as an Amazon Prime selection out of general curiosity more than anything. It's an OK book. I've read quite a bit of apocalyptic...moreI picked up this book as an Amazon Prime selection out of general curiosity more than anything. It's an OK book. I've read quite a bit of apocalyptic fiction and this one is right there in the middle in terms of quality.
The pace was good. The feeling that the survivors didn't know what was going on or what to do was done fairly well although the actual collapse as people go sick and died in the school felt forced.
The characters themselves were a little two dimensional and needed to be fleshed out more and some of the secondary characters - the principal, the teacher, Darla the raider - were little more than sketches.
Now, the backstory to book I'm not sure I understand or what to understand. A terrorist group large enough to infect the planet all at once and that can use military style planes to spray something over major cities and then strategically bomb at least one city off the map but remain an unknown conspiracy seems a bit far-fetched. But, that did allow for everyone to die off in a relatively short window and advanced the story to the sociopath vs. the student survivors portion of the story.
Overall, it was entertaining enough that I finished it but it probably needs some fleshing out. (less)
I'm of mixed opinion on this book. I enjoyed it. I'm glad this one cleared out some of the sub-plots that have been building. And, it's not my favorit...moreI'm of mixed opinion on this book. I enjoyed it. I'm glad this one cleared out some of the sub-plots that have been building. And, it's not my favorite in the series.
This is a culmination of the events started in Trapped and the 4 earlier books. The story line built and built to this point and finally everything has come to a climax. That's a good thing as the story arc was getting very messy and somewhat restrictive to the point that much of the original charm of the first books was getting pushed aside. But, it wasn't such a good thing in that this one doesn't feel like a complete novel so much as the second half of book 5.
This book is pure action. It's well written, it's very fast paced and it introduces then clears out far more enemies than the other books have. This one has cleared the way for a 7th book that only has a vampire war and Ragnarok to worry about.
Oh, and the last 1k locations in the book are a separate, stand alone novella.(less)
For the first book in a series, I really enjoyed the first book so I looked forward to where this series is going next. The concept of the colonies br...moreFor the first book in a series, I really enjoyed the first book so I looked forward to where this series is going next. The concept of the colonies breaking away from the old world is a familiar one and the end of this book makes it an inevitability for at least the USA Aegis colonies. The way they portrayed the War surprised me a bit as it was in no sense a traditional war where you line the men up and let them shoot it out.
Others have mentioned the number of ideas put forth in this universe and I have to agree that they are numerous. Many are just touched upon and I'm sure there are many more to come. I like that they are fleshing out some of these worlds more to try and show that each stepwise Earth is an entire planet and not some Star Trek style single ecosystem world. Instead, they spend some time trying to show how each world has as many climates and ecosystems as ours has. That must makes the entire thing so much more perfect to me.
As with the first book, this one feels like an introduction to this universe - although this time it reads like the end of the introduction and now we're ready to go. The story line in this one is interesting but surrounded by so much background information and set building that it sometimes gets lost. Now that feeling may also be there because I went back and reread the first book and then went straight into this one. This is a perfect concept to create a shared universe. I'm enjoying Baxter and Pratchett's collaborations but I would also love to see where other authors would go in this universe.
I waited in anticipation for this book after devouring the first book in the series. This book did not disappoint. I've read quite a few post-apocalyp...moreI waited in anticipation for this book after devouring the first book in the series. This book did not disappoint. I've read quite a few post-apocalyptic novels and quite a few alien invasion novels; this is not the finest I've read from either genre, but this is in interesting blend of the two and thoroughly enjoyable.
The aliens are interesting in that they're completely unexplained while being a malignant growth consuming entire environments and replacing them with completely new biospheres. It's unclear what growing and even unclear if what is growing and moving through this new landscape is even sentient. This could be a massive 'terraforming' operation with the true aliens still to come or it could be something completely different. The beauty of it all is that one doesn't know what it is but just that it's something new and creative and not just a standard aliens with ray guns and big scary ships.
While the first book felt a little like it ended just as the story was getting started, this one felt like a proper ending between books in a series. Some story lines came to a conclusion and some new stories started up.
If you haven't read Extinction Point yet, I suggest you read it first. But this series will not disappoint.(less)