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All is Silence

(Deserted Lands #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Awards: 2015 WATTYS-Dream Collection. 2014 Dante Rossetti YA Dystopian. IndieReader NextPicks #1-April 2014. 2015 Cygnus YA 1st place.

In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, a suicidal teen-age girl, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. In an apocalyptic land nearly deserted by disease, she lacks reasons to live until a shocking turn of events reveal
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Rocket Tears Press (first published January 6th 2014)
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Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well I caved. After several years of not reading YA novels (though I have watched many of the movies) I have finally read a YA novel. Why? Well I'm a fan of the Post Apocalyptic genre and most novels of that genre are now in the YA field. Second of all I'm tired of the zombie genre. Still a fan, but it's become overdone. Way too many cooks now and it's tired (I'm still watching "The Walking Dead" however).

When I learned about Mr. Slater's old school take on the post-apocalypse (i.e. no zombies)
Georgina ☽ 2greekgirlsreading
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 solid stars.

If an epidemic occured and wiped out 99% of the worlds population what would you do?
What would you do if you were part of the 1% that survived and were immune?
Would you search for your loved ones? Would you want to continue, knowing everyone you possibly once knew is now dead?

This story is set just a few years in the future, in a dark world were death and silence rule. The book follows Lizzie as she struggles
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Eddi Vulic
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a reader of post-apocalyptic fiction, but All Is Silence is a good yarn. The action is fast-paced and the characters are believable and compelling. I quite liked the town of Bellingham as a character--there is enough detail for the reader to follow our main character as she navigates the ruins of her hometown and come to grips with the end of the world as she knows it. The idiosyncracies that make living in the Pacific Northwest come across even as Lizzie tries to deal the new re ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
After a pandemic wipes out 90% of the population in the US, a handful of teens from the Pacific Northwest have to figure out how to make it on their own. Food isn’t an issue – just take whatever you want from the house next door or the supermarket down the street. Don’t like where you live, just move in another empty house. Find a car you like, just take it. Need protection, go get some guns. But at some point the survivors figure out they need each other, if for no other reason than to protect ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. I love the main character Lizzie. She has been described as an anti-hero which I think is bang on. Robert Slater has really captured the troubled teenage girl. I fell in love with the character and I hope to see more about Lizzie soon.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from goodreads for an honest review. I really enjoyed the story. The characters were flawed and complex, yet they had redeeming qualities. It was a smooth and easy read, fast paced; with a well defined plot. I look forward to the next installment.
Sally Ember
Robert Slater was a guest on Episode 36 of my talk show, *CHANGES* conversations between authors, in July and offered to gift me his ebooks since we both write science-fiction and had had a fascinating discussion on my show about utopian vs. dystopian futuristic speculative fiction (I write utopian in This Changes Everything and the other ebooks in "The Spanners Series," whereas his series, which starts with All is Silence by Robert L. Slater is definitely dystopian and apocalyptic).

Thanks, Rob, for the gifts, because I really
Janell Sutherland
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
As far as post-apocalyptic novels go, this one is pretty realistic. It’s set just a few years in the future, so there’s not a lot of world building so much as there is world deconstructing. It’s an action-packed road trip with a clear vision.
Lizzie is a teenaged girl who’s already had a rough life. Her father disappeared, her mother dates jerks, she’s been abused and attempted suicide. As the book opens, her mother and younger brother are dying from a mysterious disease that kills 99% of the pop
Liz Pitcher
Sep 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
This book had a solid beginning. The reader is introduced to Lizzie. She is a teen with a difficult life who is damaged by the loss of her whole family. Because almost everyone is dead she reaches out to anyone who is still alive. That's where things go downhill. When I say that Lizzie reaches out to everyone I means EVERYONE. There are so many characters in this story. Every character is introduced with some form of back story that has no purpose for the story.

I went into this book thinking I
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked All Is Silence. It held my interest. There were a few things I'd like to see done differently if there is a sequel. Or, if this is series. Lizzie was the only character that was somewhat fleshed out. We learned a little about Zach, Nev, and Jess. But not much. Maybe we could if a character wasn't introduced every two minutes? Spike, Saj, Rachael, CJ, Duke, Charley, Glen (who served no purpose, really) BeeGee, Blackhawk (hopefully I'm remembering the name correctly), etc. Lizzie wasn't a ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-dystopian
It's been a while between apocalypses for me. I'm happy to say that 'All is Silence' was a great reminder of why I love this genre of fiction.

The world that we're introduced to is dark, bleak and definitely silent. I particularly liked that this story starts us off at the very beginning of the 'end'. The reader isn't given too much information about the 'pandemic' but I liked this. It felt more genuine that a teenage girl wouldn't have all the answers on why everyone is suddenly dropping dead.

Mike Hartner
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at a Conference in September, and put it aside shortly thereafter.
Started to read it in mid October, and then, very reluctantly, put it down.

You see, this book is the story of Lizzie, and her ragtag friends, in a post Apocalyptic world that has killed off quite a lot of population, and made even more of the survivors act like zombie animals. And that is not my normal genre.

But, I found the time to finish it this evening. Took it to the hot tub, and read it in the comfort of
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very "fun" story to read! I enjoyed the authors take on teen angst and the current trials and tribulations experienced by less than mature individuals. The slow painful growth of the characters shown as they progressed from selfish people to a group that relied on each other for support and a future was nicely done. There were some inconsistencies in the nomenclature of weapons and automobiles, and a lack of background on the virus itself, but overall a solid read. I finished the nove ...more
Jamey Goodyear
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All is Silence is a post pandemic story written by Robert L. Slater. This is the first in the new series Deserted Lands.

Lizzie is a troubled 17 year old. At the end of a worldwide pandemic, she appears to be the last surviving person in the town of Bellingham. Amazingly enough 3 friends Zack, Nev, and Jess have also survived. While Zack and Nev’s families had moved away from Bellingham, they were still close. Jess’s family had moved to Texas. There is a brief allusion to a trip to Honduras they
Sophie  **2 Greek Girls Reading**
>>> I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.>>>

3.5 stars
This is the story of Lizzie. A girl who survived in a post apocalyptic world, where a virus has spread death in every single house. The city where she lives has been deserted. Almost everyone has died. The people who have survived have been advised to stay inside.

We follow Lizzie as she tries to find others who have survived, how she's dealing with a town that's empty and after a phone number
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story takes place in a scarcely populated western United States. Lizzie an odd tempered teen must survive and then make a journey across a disease torn western US to reach her goal. Lizzie, Zach, Nev, Spike and Saj are just some of the detailed characters that make this story what it is. The team try’s to understand their new world and how to successfully live in it. All of the main characters ran into trouble with various things like drunk hillbillies, packs of wild dogs and groups of coll ...more
Masquerade Crew
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing


When an unnamed plague takes out her family, along with almost the rest of humanity, 17-year old, previously-suicidal Lizzie is left alone. Fortunately, things like cell phones and the Internet still work. Lizzie makes connections with a couple of friends via Facebook.

But when she stumbles across her father's phone number - whom she hasn't seen since she was three - a road trip is in order for her to connect with the only family she has left.

By the end of the bo
Sara Mojica
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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Post-Apocalyptic novels make me tread with caution; I never know what to expect. Reading the blurb however, I was intrigued, and let me say that I was not disappointed at all!

I went through a roller coaster of emotions with the main character: angst, anger, compassion, you name it! Lizzie is a troubled girl, we can expect that since it's in the blurb, but it is so much more than that. She is compl
Dave Logghe
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I have known the author for a long time and think he is a terribly nice guy.

That said, the fact that I know and like Rob doesn't really change what I'd say about the book. It's nice to see someone treat a YA audience with the respect it deserves. The teenagers feel like real people. Their emotions are not always predictable nor do they rely on common sense. Realistic. Their problems are also not dumbed down for a large audience, these are serious problems that anyone would strug
Selah Tay-Song
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down . . . All Is Silence is the best character-driven, near-future sci-fi available today. Slater's young protagonist is a perfect blend of angst and heart. Even the minor characters are so vividly drawn, I'm sure I've walked past them on the streets of Bellingham. A riveting, easy read.

Slater’s vision of what the Northwest would look like in the face of a pandemic is uncanny. It was chilling to read about familiar places emptied by plague. All Is Silence reminded me of
Elena Carrasco
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

A book about a pandemic that takes most of the population on the US. Lizzie is the only survivor in her family and you soon learn that she is not alone.

I love this book seriously i couldn’t put it down! But the thing I loved the most was the emotions it made me feel.

From utterly sadness to incredibly Rage! The book premise says that Lizzie is a suicidal teen-age girl that doesn’t even the top of the iceberg for this amazing character.

Lizzie is a perturbed girl that went thru a lot growing up
Spencer Ellsworth
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very nice look at the humanity and humor within an apocalypse scenario. Slater really shines when he writes teenagers; Lizzie is neither a stereotypical screwup, but neither is she the Superwoman that we're used to in Katniss and Hermione and so many others. She makes genuine mistakes and for most of the book I wasn't sure whether she was making the overall right choice despite the plot.

Lizzie loses everyone in a pandemic, only to find out that her long-lost father is still alive, and with the
Jessica Jett
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people interested in dystopian novels with relatable characters.
Recommended to Jessica by: Jesikah Sundin
Shelves: paperback
I apologize for this late review, I thought I had posted it a while ago.

Oh my goodness.
This book was such a refreshing read.

It took the recent trend in dystopian novels and ran away with it.
All Is Silence was strikingly original, with characters who were easy to connect with even if you didn't completely agree with their actions or the words coming out of their mouths lol (view spoiler)
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
A plague, epidemic, virus, has occurred leaving by some numbers only 1% of the population alive. They were the immune, or the ones left in a dead like state functioning. Lizzie is one of the survivors. She has just lost her mother and her half brother, quite possibly her mind (afterall she does have a history of that). With limited power and contact outside, small steps outside into the world beyond brings both the devastation and promise of what is left of humanity. As Lizzie gathers a new fami ...more
Raven Oak
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Definitely a post-plague YA novel! While I love the genre, one of the main characters (Lizzie) annoyed the heck out of me, but that's probably the teacher in me coming through. The author did an excellent job in portraying a troubled teen who doesn't play by the rules. The story of a girl in search of her father isn't a new one, but tossing in the post-plague element definitely heightened the tension! Some parts of the story weren't believable for me, but I was able to overlook this because I ge ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story telling is amazing.
A virus has wiped out most of the world. Lizzie's been able to maintain contact with a friend that moved out of state on Facebook , but she has been alone for awhile when she decided to venture out for supplies.
Everything is pretty much how one would expect and it's really creepy.
Because of Facebook she's able to get with some friends that have survived.
However as anyone knows it's also other survivors you need to watch out for.
I really enjoyed this story and loved h
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jhseltzer by: jhseltzer
I'm a SCI-FI reader that loves Golden Era space stories. My all-time favorite author is Robert Heinlein. I mostly read for entertainment and escape. This book is not one I would normally search out, but I'm very glad I read it. It is captivating and is easy to read and keep up with the characters and I read it in three settings. The story is fantasy but could very easily be real which is scary. The characters are well developed and I bonded with the main narrator, Lizzie. I followed her very clo ...more
Andrew Creasey
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book slowly immersed my mind into the eyes and feelings of Lizzie and her gang. At first it was a slow start plot but it gradually built up to something I couldn't stop reading. Rob, the fact that your my teacher and also an teacher, inspires me. You created this world all in your head and showed it to others, and apparently (along with me), people like that s**t! It got a 4 out of 5, because I felt it could have had more of a rush to the reading, such as the intensity of some scenes. At so ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful look at how Lizzie goes from being a teenager who just "wishes everybody was dead" to missing her family, and the quest, in a post-apocalyptic America, of finding a unique and new type of family - in particularly someone she hasn't seen for well over a decade and thought was dead.

Suspenseful, touching, thought-provoking. A great first novel, that I quite enjoyed.

The fact that the author conjured up elements from George R. Stewart's EARTH ABIDES (one of my favourite classic novels) wa
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Robert L. Slater is a teacher/writer living in Bellingham, Washington. His stories and poetry have appeared in many small press publications. His first novel, All Is Silence: A Deserted Lands novel, was released in early 2014. He has a should’ve-been-a doctorate B.A. in Theatre/Education, Spanish and History minors and a M.A. in Educational Technology. He sings, plays guitar, acts/directs in regio ...more

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