I was looking for a post-apocalyptic series that I could read on my iPhone, and this is one of the ones that appeared. The story has some potential anI was looking for a post-apocalyptic series that I could read on my iPhone, and this is one of the ones that appeared. The story has some potential and, being someone who likes to know what happens, I've been reading through the series. More than once I've wondered why I'm bothering to find out the ending, given how appallingly it's written, how many obvious grammar and spelling errors are included, and its barely disguised racism and sexism. To begin with, I thought the latter might have been because her pre-apocalypse world was a dystopian one, but the writing is so bad that, having read book #6, I still can't answer that question! I can say, however, that they continue and become more pronounced in her post-apocalyptic world.
The first book begins with a self-righteous lecture about how much work she's done writing, editing and marketing (things that all authors do and that don't make her special) and that we should give her high ratings and positive reviews because of it. I haven't followed her advice.
The editing is non-existent. I'd be surprised if the author has even re-read what she's written. There are grammatical and spelling errors littered throughout. There are sentences that simply make no sense. There are even entire scenes that are repeated where the author appears to have copied it to move it where she wants and has forgotten to delete the original!
There are a few characters who started out being likeable, but most have become extremely irritating as I move through the series. The vast majority of them are deceitful, manipulative, self-righteous liars. By book #6, they're all much more interested in sex than in surviving the apocalypse. It's as though the author can't decide what to write in order to get a series of ten books out of the story, so she just keeps adding love triangles and sex scenes here and there to keep herself occupied. There are more interesting ways to create conflict that are a lot more relevant to an apocalypse than who is sleeping with whom.
The plot could be very interesting. Unfortunately, there are also massive plot inconsistencies, character inconsistencies, parts of the story that are written and never followed up, brief mentions of how something has been resolved without any detail, etc. It's also extremely slow, presumably to stretch the plot out to ten books. I don't mind a slower pacing, as long as it's appropriate to the current plot, and I enjoy a lot of character and setting detail. With this series, however, the slower pacing doesn't really have anything to do with those things. I get to the end of a book and I have trouble identifying what's happened that could have taken up an entire novel. There's a lot of waffling and unnecessary writing in there that desperately needs to be cut back.
Having read book #6, I now discover that the books are slowly becoming unavailable through Amazon and Scribd, and I'm unable to read any further. The books are listed, but it isn't possible to read them. I suppose I should be grateful that I can no longer waste time on these trying to find out if she actually manages to fill plot holes and tie things up in a satisfying way. I doubt very much that she will, given the quality of the books so far. However, it's an extremely disrespectful way to treat your readers.
Why have I given it two stars instead of one? Well, because I have bothered to read through the first six books. Keep in mind, however, that I'll read anything, so that might not be saying very much!
For those of you like me, who will keep reading whatever you start, it's best not to start. For anyone else just looking at the first few books to decide whether they're worth reading, don't bother - they're not....more