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Shelter of Leaves

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year finalist for science fiction

On Memorial Day, a series of bomb explosions rips through major cities in the US. Her apartment in ruins, Sabine flees DC and begins a grueling journey on foot that brings her to West Virginia, where she finds safety at an abandoned farmhouse with other refugees. They settle in—growing food, hunting scarce
Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by She Writes Press
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Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
“It’s easy to disappear if you have nothing to lose.”

A different take on post-apocalyptic literature: this story (essentially) happens now. And the triggering events spring from today’s headlines, not from the science or opinion pages. The story opens in confusion and terror, as Sabine is knocked out of today and into the twilight zone. When things can’t get worse, they do … much worse.

“Screw forgiveness--I want revenge.”

Good pace: slowly accelerating. We walk with Sabine as she gathers the shat
Jackie Rogers
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Found myself uneasy while reading this book. Is not a pretty story. Is about Sabine, a young woman on the road alone, after bombs are go off in various parts of our country. Is graphic with death and man's inhumanity to man. The characters in this novel are varied from all walks of life. They gather at a farm hoping to be safe. In a time like this there is no safety. Folks are murdered at random or so it seems. Is an active read with lots of lows. However, was a good read. The author is in my h ...more
Robert Grieco
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was excellent. It certainly makes you think about what could be a tragic possibility of what could actually happen in this day and age. Truly sad to think about but nevertheless the book was extremely interesting. Would make a spectacular movie. Can't wait!!!! ...more
Michelle Stockard Miller
The Dystopian genre for me has always been something like a zombie apocalypse, nuclear devastation, or a horrific future where teenagers must kill each other in an Olympics style competition. I never thought of the possibility of it happening due to strategic bombings across the country. Not saying this would be any less devastating. It just was something that never really entered my mind.

Then, along comes Shelter of Leaves and this is the Dystopian world that begins with bombings occurring acr
Ken Hopson
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a sucker for post-apocalyptic tales, I was tempted by the two-sentence description of this book because it didn't include zombies or derelict steam punkers.

From the first chapter to the last, my curiosity remained piqued. The characters develop keenly as the journey proceeds and the multiple connected story lines intertwine unpredictably. This tale of trauma and tenacity details post-disaster nuances so sensibly, one would think the author had actually experienced such an occasion. Below the
Lee Ustinich
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelter of Leaves is totally engaging- a good juicy story that carries one along with Sabine as she navigates a long journey through the dystopian destruction that has hit the country. Blessedly, much of the specifics of the horrors are not overly drawn, but rather serve as a foil for the trials and experiences that she encounters, internally as well as externally. Set in 2014, this is not a futuristic drama, but rather a realistic portrayal of our world today.

The travels and travails that conf
Patty Mccormick
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I was pleased to receive a promotional copy of this book by Lenore H. Gay. In this post-apocalyptic novel, she delves into the mind of her main character named Sabine, a woman who is on the run from her family, trying to survive in a world that is falling apart after several major cities were bombed by terrorists. At times, I found the book to be slow-paced, and the mystery of Sabine's life was drawn out. With that said, however, I was eager to find out what was going to happen. However, I thoug ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I especially liked Elaine. Not sure why, but there was something about her that drew me in, maybe her age. I liked the themes of revealing versus hiding self, and of questioning whom you can or can't trust. The cadence of some of the paragraphs felt like many short stories do -- sparse prose, tight writing. I liked the chapter titles, the reappearing Sun Dog, the imagined post-apocalyptic world, the weaving-in of multiple back-stories. I liked the description of the life we take for granted. I w ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to review the advance reader copy of Shelter of Leaves from the author. It's different than the memoirs or light fiction I typically read, but I found myself slowly getting pulled in to the story, primarily about one woman's surviving a series of bombings and dealing with the collateral damage without the benefit of her memory and former identity. I recommend Shelter of Leaves. With characters you'll grow attached to and a relatable story about the basic need we all have to be lo ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received Shelter of Leaves as a free giveaway winner! After so many books made about an apacolypse, this book was very refreshing in that you are never sure on what really happened to cause it! You just know something happened! It was a wonderful read and would recommend it to any horror or science fiction!
Esther Bradley-detally
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelter of Leaves was a good book; a different type of dystopia, but highly believable; one could almost see a series. I couldn't put it down, but found it slow going 3/4 of the way through; still i kept on. Kudos for a first novel. I recommend it, and I have found a press I love, She Writes Press,

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Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like reading dystopian future novels. This one is now rather than future which and it posed the usual tensions of how people behave and relate in stressful, uncertain times. I like the way this novel tackled those concerns. The characters were interesting. I cared about them. There was a lot going on and, at times, I wasn't sure what was going on. The ending was satisfying. ...more
Cheryl Pallant
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A dystopic page turner that's too close to home. Gay has managed to include just the right amount of often horrific detail and realistic characters to make this feel all too real. It's an amazing first novel that leaves me to wonder what she's up to next. ...more
Burma Turner
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction, first-reads
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.
I thought this book was kind of slow-paced, but it was very interesting. The more I read, the more I wanted to know what was going to happen. You really feel like you are there with the characters. I loved the ending. Highly recommend!
Ray Grenier
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An unusual story which, despite the misfortunes and unexpected surprises, gives rise to hope. I kept wanting to continue reading to see what would happen next. Sabine struck me as an unusually intelligent woman – I wanted to root for her survival.
Chris Reid
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lenore Gay wrote Shelter of Leaves with powerful imagery and emotional realism. I intended to read just one chapter per night before going to bed, but couldn't put this book down. ...more
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Lenore Gay is a Licensed Professional Counselor with master’s degrees in sociology and rehabilitation counseling. She has worked in several agencies, psychiatric hospitals and for ten years she maintained a private practice. She is retired from the faculty of the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Rehabilitation, where she taught graduate students and coordinated the internship progra ...more

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