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What's Left of My World: A Story of a Family's Survival

(What's Left of My World #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  920 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Lauren Russell often wondered why her father had been so adamant about teaching her skills that most other fathers wouldnt even consider teaching their daughters. Ever since she was little, she had been taught how to live and survive outdoors, and how to use firearms to protect herself and those around her. Some of the training had been a bit extreme. Or had it been?

Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published December 16th 2016
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
No thanks!

Did a robot download a dictionary and write this shitty book? These terrible books give male writers a bad name. Go ahead and describe the gun in such detail, but never say what the people look like. Nice job. And when your attacked by a rapist with a machete and your daughter is about to be raped and killed, let's sternly give her a lecture involving no emotion or touching of any kind. And all the women in the story are just follow commands and never show a wink of humanity.
I have
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Normally I would like an apocalyptic story, especially one that can pull off a more realistic approach, you know, no zombies, but as much as I tried to get into this, I had a hard time. It seemed that the author wanted to do little more than push the importance of guns for the whole story. I'm all about some guns, but he takes away from the storyline, the character development and family relationships and focuses to much on having a gun and knowing how to shoot.
Cheryl Medley
Sep 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nope, not my kind of book. I couldn't get through it, the authors politics showed through. I quit when I got to liberals caused all the problems, vaccinations are poison, etc, etc... didn't need to read anymore. Returned the book
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars - English ebook - I have dyslexia -
- our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily live too often as if we take our family for granted. - Paul Pearsall -
There was a colapse of the world, no electricity, all computers down, if you where not a prepper you and your family had a big problem. Lauren kicks as in this book. She is trown into adult live at eighteen because of a events.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Couldnt even finish the book. Not only is the writing pretty cheesy (for instance, the conversations are very unnatural and obviously were written to give us back story, not a realistic view of their dialogue), but I have never had to read so many pages of gun descriptions in my life. Not a page went by without a description of a gun. I skimmed ahead, and sure enough it seemed to only get worse.
This is the first post-apocalyptic novel that Ive ever given up on.
Gaby A.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF, I couldnt get over that beginning. It was written in such a mechanical way that all the characters didn't seem like real people at all. Maybe if I kept reading I'd learn more about them, but from what I read I don't think this story is going to be for me.
The author describes in detail the type of gun the characters have, what shoulder they fling it on, how they aim it, how they remove the safety, ect. and yet I still don't know what the characters look like. Obviously the athor loves guns
Chessy The Cat
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Lauren Russell isnt your typical young woman. Her father has seen that she was taught from a very young age the art of survival. Those skills will be put to the test after a catastrophe strikes forcing them to relocate without her dad into a remote valley in the mountains. Will they be enough to help keep her family and friends safe?

Rudolphs first novel in the Whats Left of My World Series, Whats Left of My World: A Story of a Familys Survival starts after the family has relocated. Its a bit
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Give it a chance.

When I first started this book, it almost seemed like a technical survival manual. The story was hidden behind the details. Eventually, the words turned into a story and the longer I read, the better it got. It was pretty exciting. Just as I was really getting into it, it ended. I'm looking forward to the next one. The book could use a good editing.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. While it wasnt the best written book Ive read and there are areas that could have been done differently, its far from the worst. I found it to be an easy read it definitely kept me interested and Im keen to get started on the next one.

Mrs LIR Linda
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good start

I liked this introduction, how the world as we know it ends is well depicted.
Now for the next installment of Lauren and Maddie's stories.
Beverly Laude
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, audio, 2017
This was a fairly interesting book, but I don't really like books that have flashbacks in them, especially when they seem contrived.

It is a story of a family's survival after "the collapse", which appears to be an EMP (but we never really find out). If you are bothered by talk of guns & ammo, you will not enjoy this book. The author seems obsessed with describing each & every gun that the characters have, usually in long detail. Also, there is a lot of profanity, which doesn't really add
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A couple times, I wanted to return this book to make room for others I wanted to read, since it took me so long to get to it. And, while I resisted the urge, I'm not sure it was worth the sacrifice. It's a decent story sure, but it seems to be told backwards. The epilogue should by all rights be a prologue, or perhaps the first chapter, with a bit more filler between that and the actual first chapter. The story isn't too bad as apolypse stories go, but the glimpse of the next book we get at the ...more
Pam Shelton-Anderson
This was generally a good story. I like that the main character is female, however, while she is portrayed as very careful and well prepared, she seems to trust a stranger too easily and then foolishly badly sprains her ankle. The DHS bad guys are not uncommon now in this genre, but the concentration camp allusions were a bit over the top. The story was also told with a lot of flashbacks which were mostly distracting, especially the one that was titled as the "Epilogue". It ends with the main ...more
Tim Lumsden
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story, really enjoyed.

Good post-apocalyptic tale of survival. Not my favorite, but good enough to break my reader's block. Enjoy and HAPPY READING!!!
This reminded me a lot of another "survival" story I read recently ... The Unraveling: Book 1 of the Bound to Survive Series. I commented in my review there, that it seemed more like a reference, self-help book than a novel. This had a similar feel, although maybe not quite as extreme. Still, not written like a good story. The dialog/text was very unnatural and odd, using words that aren't commonly used this way, not by the norm anyway. (Lauren would not stop persisting... He began divulging... ...more
Amber Bedgood
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I'm an avid listener to this genre and I feel like the theme is a little played out right now because its so popular but Rudolph really gives it a different spin with the characters and the shock value of events.

We start out with Lauren, a young woman out on her own, hiking local trails to scout for her family's safety. This right here was a great beginning for me because I'm ridiculously into hiking right now. Im working on doing 100 hikes for the year. So the
Cyndi Marie ☆★Audiobook Addict★☆
🎧 Audio Review 🎧

I enjoyed this book and need to start book 2 right away because I need to know what started it all and where it's going. My first thought was that it is written in 3rd which isn't my favorite but if an author does it right, I can get on board and with this book I did. Book 1 started a little slow but I expect that in Fantasy/ Sci-Fi because the author needs to set the scene for the story. I was a little confused at first with the way the story jumps between people and places
Patricia Wilson
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good read from a, new to me, author.

This is my first read by this author. Although the story started out slow, as the author set the scene, it turned out to be a very enjoyable book. Not perfect, but very good and well worth reading. I recognize the author, C.A. Rudolph, knows much about prepping and survival skills. They way in which he sets the story is unusual and quite exciting. I've been reading "end of the world as we know it," apocalyptic books for several years. I was surprised to
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a compelling and emotional story of Lauren, a daughter growing up under the tutelage of her father. A father who prized self-reliance, strength and honor in people. A father who taught his daughter the ways of the forest, hunting, camping, hiking, and most importantly weapons and how to protect oneself. Her father knew the time would come when these skills would be needed and would save her life and the lives of their family. When the day came and the country began to crumble her father ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok

If you like reading well out prepper stories like myself then dont bother reading this. I dont require much about the original reason calamity strikes our heroes, sometimes less information is enough. Ordinary people trying to survive may just have confusion about what caused the catastrophe that forces them to survive. Once one of main characters meets a character from outside her community and starts falling for his explanations of big bad government it goes downhill. The characters were
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The beginning is a bit slow for my liking. It also has a bit of a crazed conspiracy feel at times, with things like how vaccines are actually culling the population and such. I almost put the book down at that point while rolling my eyes. If you stick it out, it gets better and almost has me considering to buy the second one. I kind of want to find out what happens to the family now and how they fully got where they are and what they are going to do about it. I don't know if I will though since ...more
C.M. Rutherford
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Russell does not have the normal upbringing teens today generally have. Her father a prepper has made sure Lauren learns about defending herself and surviving in case of a catastrophic event. Advanced tactical training is just one of the many skills she learns at an early age. When the unthinkable happens and the United States is thrown back to the colonial age, Lauren has to put those skills to use. I enjoyed this story a lot. The characters are well written and likeable. The fact that ...more
Vickii Bendit
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first dystopian novel opened my eyes. Slowly Ive come to the conclusion that the world portrayed in these novels isnt too off course, the way our world is devolving today. C.A. Rudolphs story is particularly realistic. I have since met people who could have stepped from his pages into real life. The plot slowly draws you in, making you want to go out and stock up on beans and rice. The plot is believable, the human emotions are real, and I can only recommend this book! Enjoy it, read it; Im ...more
E.A. Lake
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Listened to it on Audible. Real rating 3.5 stars. The epilogue saved it for me.

There's really nothing wrong with this novel or the reading of it. It's mostly believable and in some areas of the US, things would go down as the author has written.

That said, it's a book written by a prepper with other preppers in mind. And filled with a lot of prepping details. Too much for me and I love the genre. But, if you're a hardcore prepper you would be giving this 5 stars all day long.

Just a personal taste
Uncle  Dave Avis
The basic plot is good. Living in an isolated valley during a crisis and the challenges this family faces is quite interesting. There is a good bit of Needless cussing in the story. I know that some people are like that, however, that doesn't mean I want to read about it.
There are times when the author misuses the word "who and whom" and instead refers to people as "that." Basic grammar 101.
There are places where the conversation is just silly. There is an epilog that just doesn't belong
Velma  Hayes
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Intriguingly Accurate Concept

With all of the things that we are dealing with, environmental issues, gun control, race wars, etc. This book is very accurate in its theme. If as you read it you don't feel a twinge of concern or possibly a shadow that's icy over your shoulders.... your not looking close enough. The concept is not truly just a fantasy. As the man on his soapbox says "The End is coming". Boo
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This is really close to 4 stars; it's a good read. Not the best, not the worst. I agree with another reviewer that the characters aren't developed enough; but the storyline is strong and that kept me with the book. I'll read the sequel. Not to see what happens with the characters; but actually to see what they will do in the situation they find themselves in because I believe we may see ourselves in similar circumstances in the future.
Olivia Guinette
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I only got to page 80, this book really has no substance and the women are seen as emotionless characters who follow the orders of all of the men in their community. Violent and gory, and has a ton of unnecessary descriptions about guns: type of gun, what they do, who has which gun, etc., to the point where it takes away from the story. the characters seem emotionless and I still have no idea how the apocalypse even happened. I could not finish the book and I do not intend to.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a slightly different take on a dystopian novel. It shows how they survive after and has flashbacks to before. It never really discusses the collapse. The pace was good and the characters developed. I could do without all the gun descriptions. I do like that is was a strong female protagonist but why make her so "troubled"? I will probably read the next in the series but not bumping it up in my book queue.
Kimberly White
Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hard pass

I hate giving bad reviews as I know how personal it is for the author. However, this book is so poorly written that I had to review. I am unable to believe that the 5 star reviews read the same book I was struggling through.
The author constantly repeats information as if the reader is unable to follow the plot without being pushed through. The characters are flat and many are prefect. Extremely unbelievable. Skip this series.
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