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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Turns out that my alien overlord may be my only shot in this post-apocalyptic nightmare. Figures.

Eleven years after the sky opened up and aliens descended to ravage the world, Abel thought she had seen and experienced everything that this savage new land – Population – had to offer. Almost...

Shock is what she feels when the alien she robbed hunts her down. His corpse,
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published April 15th 2015
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V.B. Law Yes, there are basically two sex scenes, but they aren't graphically described. There is violence, again not graphically described. Certainly reading …moreYes, there are basically two sex scenes, but they aren't graphically described. There is violence, again not graphically described. Certainly reading these words is far less traumatizing then what I see in video games and movies the teens I know watch. Then again, I was reading Anne Rice's vampire books when I was 13. This is no worse than those. The aliens here drink blood. Child molestation and rape, as crimes, are alluded to but are off camera. Foul language is occasional but goes all the way up to the F bomb.

"Appropriate" is very subjective. I say it's up to you decide that. If you prefer to stay away from anything sexual or violent, then stay away from this. If you just don't want smut or a gorefest, it'll be okay. If it were a movie, I think the censors would rate it R but not NC-17.

I'm on to the second part of this book, Saltlands, and had to come amend this. At least the first half of Saltlands is a gorefest!(less)

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Elizabeth Stephens
I wrote it! So I thought it was great ;) To find out what happens next in the series, check out...

Saltlands: An Interracial Post-Apocalyptic SciFi Romance (Abel and Kane pt 2) – May 2016
Generation 1: An Interracial Post-Apocalyptic SciFi Romance (Diego and Pia) – November 19, 2020
– Brianna: An Interracial Post-Apocalyptic SciFi Romance (Lahve and Candy) – coming 2021!

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did anyone else notice the similarities between this and Angelfall? If the Others were Angels instead and Kane was named Raffe, then the books would be almost exactly the same for the first half of the book. No one else has commented on it, but it seemed almost freakishly similar in parts.
I did like Abel as a heroine, she was tough but not bloodthirsty or jaded. I liked that they commented multiple times on her kindness, as it was a nice fe
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

3.5 stars

I really liked the world setting, the 'Other' race, the story behind what happened and the author really instilled a sense of desperation and hopelessness which set the atmosphere well. Having said that there were a few parts where the story dragged and I wanted to skim forward to find some action again past the underlying romance.

The end picked back up well and left me needing, not just wanting, to know what happens next.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Passionate and invigorating! Population had me hanging on for dear life until the very last word. Definitely one of those books that you hate to put down. The imagery was impeccable, and the story kept me guessing. I always love a story that will surprise me, and this book did not let me down in that department. I name Population a MUST READ! Can't wait for the next book. Get to work Ms. Stephens. ...more
Courtney Pollard
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! This was recommended by a friend at work and did not disappoint. I can't believe that this is Ms. Stephens first book. The characters and story were well developed. I started this on a beach vacation and finished in about two days. Great book for adventure and romance. I can't wait to read the next chapter of Kane and Abel's story. ...more
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october-2017
4.5 Stars

I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway

Heart pounding, gritty, diverse, and violent. This book is a wild ride. It does start off slow but once you get through the world building and all that jazz, the story picks up and it never stops. Not once does this book you a chance to breathe. It keeps you on the tip of your toes and the edge of your seat. I being the romance fan that I am, was happy that amid everything else, we get some of that too.

My biggest gripe with this book.... ther
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I have to admit, I LOVE this story. I also think I have a new book boyfriend. Kane, oh Kane, he is brilliant. And alien. But who cares. And Abel, what a heroine. She is feisty, fierce, loves her family and will fight to the death. Not a simpering, needy girl. There is so much action, fighting, romance and love in here that it is easy to stay up way to late reading. ( Yes I am guilty of it ). I will tell you it ends on a cliffhanger. But it is okay. Just means there will be more. All I can say is ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
The two stars is because the writing wasn't terrible (despite truly awful copy editing - this author needs a new copy editor!), and I liked the heroine, a strong woman of color. But I was disappointed in this book overall. While the author is a great storyteller, I thought it would be more apocalyptic/sci-fi, less alien romance and True Blood/Twilight fanfic. I would not have checked this out from the library had I known. The book's description on the back cover does not adequately describe this ...more
Mickie C-N
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. The writing style is phenomenal, descriptive, and honestly a work of art. The plot completely sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. This is definitely a must read. If you have any literary taste at all, read this book. Period. ...more
World of Diversity Fiction
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Population
Author: Elizabeth Stephens
Cover Artist: Amygdala Art
Publisher: Vantage Point Books
Reviewer: Sean
Genre: Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Type: Romance
Pairing: Heterosexual
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: 2 Stars
Book Rating: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review


Lawlessness, violence and desperation are all that is left of the world following the coming of the Others. Abel exists only within the boundaries that her rules allow — rules that she created
Shawn Holman
Nov 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped
I couldn't finish it. The writing is very good. But I just wasn't ready or interested in a dystopian Beauty and the Beast type romance novel. I just couldn't handle one more page of reading about Abel and her yearning for Kane's sweaty, glowing, powerful chest or her feelings of confusion seeing him in silk pants and nothing else. When you strip away the dystopian future and the alien race taking over the world, it's just basically a Beauty and the Beast Harlequin romance novel. ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This novel was barely okay. I found the plot very predictable, and the characters were pale imitations of characters in much better novels. Also, the book needs some serious editing. For example, on page 1, the main character (Abel) describes Ashlyn's "pale heart-shaped face," but on page 3 she says Ashlyn has "hard lines in a square face." In addition, on page 2 Abel states that Ashlyn has "glossy blue eyes," but on page 9 she says Ashlyn has "dark brown eyes." As I said, barely okay. ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, reread, dystopia

I am surprised how much I liked this book. But I hate cliffhangers and probably should have waited for book 2 to be out because now I am grumpy.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastically amazing and kept me enraptured from the very first page!! An adventure in this post-apocalyptic world, Abel has known nothing but tragedy in a world after The Others invaded earth. Leaving humans to scavenge what's left of what they don't claim. The surroundings are savage and the people more so. Abel is on a mission to rescue her best friend's daughter on a dying promise, who's now all that's left of their family group. But choosing to save one of The Others named Kan ...more
Michelle Claypot_Reads
This book was simply extraordinary. Some of the best characters I’ve ever read. Abel is such an original, strong, smart woman. Her journey was brutal and I loved her attitude. When you got yo see her vulnerabilities it felt so genuine. My heart was racing for most of this book. I cried. I laughed. I swooned. Then that cliffhanger had me shouting NOOOOOO!! Straight into book two. Who needs sleep.
Izzie d
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: alien, arc
Interesting story by huge trigger for violence.

Elizabeth Stephens
Completely revamped, this edition of Population is a cleaner, error-free version that contains oodles more heat and romance!
What a good surprise ! It's on my "favorites" shelf :)

I enjoyed this story set in an apocalyptic world on Earth ruled by The others: giants from a foreign planet. The heroine is a real pleasure, she is funny, a real fighter, she's caring, she is... adorable.

To my sci fi fans: it's not an original or detailed view of the future, plus, it switches to "medieval kingdom mode" haflway through the book, so the futuristic tone is a bit lost. It's still enjoyable.

To my romance fans : this romance is a
Ferdinand Maubrey
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Hunger Games and Twilight
Situated somewhere between Twilight and The Hunger Games, Stephens' "Population" soars as a result of meticulous character development and eerie atmosphere. In an exciting roller coaster ride, this new young author swiftly switches pace from action to romance (and vice versa) and explores social themes like class and oppression in young adult language. It is also the first novel in this genre to include a multi-ethnic female main character. ...more
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
I will have a full Review on my blog but some initial thoughts:
This book has a very unique world building style. It's very easy to think you "know" the world the author is building but she has some unique twists I didn't see coming. I really liked the main character Abel. She is very much a survivor but she battles against her emotions as she decides to track down a young girl she was traveling with who has been taken by one of the Others.

The author does a great job of giving just enough informa
Dorothy Stephens
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely, however, I wanted more. I wanted to spend more time with Abel and Kane, exploring their relationship. I read and reread the book, hoping to tease out a little more, hoping that I skipped something that will be revealed in a subsequent reading. I am mad for the second installment.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun read, I really enjoy dystopian themed books and this one was no exception. The ending of course makes you want more and i cant wait to read book 2.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

My husband went to Seattle for a trip this past year and he found himself in the Elliot Bay Book Company. He asked the staff to give them an unexpected/underrated book that his wife would love (after he told her some of my favorite genres). He came home with a stack and this and the second book were on top. That's true love, people.

I picked it up blind, not really knowing the premise but general assumptions by the book cover. Apocalyptic and possibly zombies were my guesses.

So, apocaly
This book had the potential to be good, but it fell short in so many ways. In the first few chapters I was really interested to see where the story would go and I liked Abel as a strong female character. The decisions she made were usually well thought out, but once she met Kane I feel like everything just went downhill from there.

First of all, the aliens are basically just human vampires and its extremely unoriginal. I felt myself cringing reading these parts because its just been done so many
Annette Aguilar
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A fantastic plot, a terrifying adventure, where any second could be your last! An unlikely pair, a human and an alien sworn enemies must team up to rescue her sister! They each rescue each other time and again! They realize they are better together than apart, when the unthinkable happens! Read and see what happens! Full of action, suspense, surprises, danger, and secrets! Awesome characters both good and evil, it is amazing what you will do to survive!
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! It hooked me from the very start, which surprised me because I don't usually read post apocalyptic stuff...and the aliens were quite a surprise as well. Kane and Abel quickly became one of my favorite couples. It usually drives me crazy when characters repeatedly rush into danger over and over and over again... but for some reason I was right with Abel. Rooting her on the whole time!
This book was also HOT. Like scorching, need a cold shower or your significant other, hot!
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This genre is right up my alley. Loved the story. Great characters. Great resolution and anticipation for what comes next.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up
V.B. Law
Over a decade ago, “the Others” arrived on Earth. They have since carved up much of the planet into private kingdoms. Humans remain in the leftovers, fighting over scraps. This is a post-apocalyptic romance.

I loved the strong female lead, Abel, her African and Spanish genetics, her ability with the sword and hand to hand fighting, her determination, and her emotional strength. I loved Kane, who is complex but honorable. The world-building was good and something I haven’t seen before. I enjoyed t
Mia LeNae
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read

So once I hit Chap 5 I jumped backed to Chap 1 bc I have really just been so into the story I never realized I didn’t know her name. It’s never mentioned!! That’s how lost I got in this book to realize we never know the MFCs name!!! Just the one she made up.
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Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

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