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Year One (Chronicles of The One #1)

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It began on New Year's Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and tech
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Hardcover, 419 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Emily May
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
"The human race is finished, and in its place come the weird and the strange, demons from hell."

I was excited when I heard about Year One. Roberts's romances may not be my thing, but I did enjoy the first few books of her Naked in Death series, and I've really been in the mood for a dark, post-apocalyptic dystopia. But, sadly, I think what started as a really great dystopian set-up quickly became a very stock urban fantasy novel.

It's honestly quite jarring how quickly it changes. The first few
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I enjoyed it!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Celeste
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, fantasy, sci-fi
Full review now posted!

Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars (strictly because my brain had a hard time accepting that this had been authored by Nora.)

You had me scared there for a while, Nora, but you came through. Just in a way that was different from what I was expecting.

Have you ever picked up a book by an author you love and when you start reading it you keep having to remind yourself that said author wrote it? That was what I struggled with at the beginning of this book. Yes, the writing style I had
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Jilly
Nora Roberts writing Urban Fantasy?
It's a good day.



I absolutely LOVE her Eve Dallas series. And, she wrote one of my favorite book boyfriends into existence. How could I resist this?

I need it as much as I need this:



Our story is not that unique, I admit it. It has a little bit of the feel of Stephen King's "The Stand", but in a less gross and creepy way - also about a million times shorter. The world ends by way of virus and the survivors come in a few assorted varieties.

There are the ones who fi
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Jonetta
A normal set of events on New Years Eve sets off a catastrophe that slowly turns the world on end. Half of the population is gone, governments lose control, law and order are a thing of the past and magick is unleashed...some good and definitely some dark and evil. The story chronicles the paths of Lana Bingham and her partner, Max Fallon; journalist Arlys Reid and her intern Little Fred; and paramedic Jonah Vorhies and doctor Rachel Hopman, along with others as they make their way to some sembl ...more
Tiffany PSquared
★★★.5 stars
And some like us couldn't handle what turned on inside them. They've gone mad, like she has. Immune to the virus, doomed anyway. That's the reality...

For me to have been so excited to read this fantasy book by Nora Roberts - one of my most-read authors - it pains me to only give it 3.5 stars. It wasn't bad, but then again, it wasn't that good either.

Want to know what this book was? Quick summary: Contagion meets the X-Men meets Little House on the Prairie.

What I Liked
- The Doom. E
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Phrynne
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books
Nora Roberts is one of those authors who can write anything she turns her hand to and in this case it is a dystopian fantasy. The world is decimated by a plague which is followed by magical powers appearing in many of the survivors. Of course where there is good magic there has to be bad also and just surviving the Doom does not mean you are going to live for long.

Roberts has a knack for developing characters we care for and some of them do make it to the end of the book. However it is quite cle
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Kirsty 📚📖❤️
I haven't read many Nora Robert books preferring instead the works of her alter-ego JD Robb but as this is more fantasy I decided to give it a go. And I really enjoyed it. It doesn't re-write the apocalypse genre but it is a good read and I did like the magical twist. 

As with many of this type of book there's a host of characters but Nora juggles them well with lots of individual personalities and is some cases abilities. We have fairies, elves, telekinetics and more. I quite liked the inclusion
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Ben Alderson
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been mulling over what to rate this. I am not the biggest fan of reviewing books on goodreads but I really want to explain this rating... because I did enjoy this book and will be carrying on the series..

The reason this book lost two stars for me..

~ Tooooo many characters.
~ Clunky dialogue
~ Strange pacing

Despite those reasons I really love the idea of this novel. A dystopian setting... very ' oh no the walking dead is about to become a reality minus the zombies ' but with magic as a res
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Ron Charles
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: apocalyptic
Don’t bother reaching for a Kleenex. It’s not just a cold. It’s not even the flu.

It’s the Doom.

If you needed any further proof that the world was ending, here comes Nora Roberts with “Year One,” a work of speculative fiction about a deadly pandemic. Anyone monitoring the mutating strains of pop fiction should have seen this new hybrid emerging from the Queen of Romance. Yes, the ground is already littered with the corpses of earlier apocalyptic novels, but Roberts will have no trouble clearing a
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS
So it's safe to say Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts was one I was really looking forward to I was really excited when I got the ARC of this, like jumping up and down excited.
That is until I started and realised what a slog this was going to be for me.
Not because this was awful, it so wasn't, It was just I couldn't gel and was actually finding reading this a chore.
Anyone who knows's me knows I devour books in one sitting and this took me eleven days to get finishe
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Brenda
As the family who had come together for Christmas/New Year celebrations in the cold Scottish countryside, left and headed back to their respective homes, little did they know they were the bearers of a horrible, shocking sickness that would be christened The Doom, and would kill in days. In New York, as people sickened and died, terror and madness spread throughout the community. With the world-wide decimation though, there were some who were immune – they didn’t know why, or how, but they were. ...more
Pauline
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Year One by Nora Roberts is a dystopian novel that has a lot of diversity to keep you entertained. After a virus kills off billions on people the survivors are left with a fight of good against evil. Many of the survivors learn that they now have developed strange powers. In this new post apocalyptic world its survival of the fittest. I'm am looking forward to the second book in this trilogy to find out what happens to the many interesting characters. I would like to thank NetGally and Little, B ...more
Suzanne
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FIVE FANTASTIC STARS!!!

Wow! This book was so amazing! It all starts with a virus that wipes out a lot of the world’s people with over two billion people are killed in the Doom. This is a story of survivors trying to not only survive but restart civilization. I really cannot think of other things to say that would not spoil things. Heck, I cannot even put something about one of the main plots because it would completely destroy some of the story. So I will leave it that this book is epic. It is a
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Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
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**This is a review of the audio version of  this title, via Audible. 

This novel already has some 1,300+ reviews on Goodreads (only being released in December of 2017), so I am going to keep my summarizing to a minimum and quickly get to the things I loved about this novel and the one thing that threw me. 

This novel starts out following multiple story lines and perspectives through a world where a plague dubbed "The Doom" is swiftly wiping out the population. Very reminiscent of The Stand by Ste
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Peter Monn
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok I’m really really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. So well done. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks
Stacey is Sassy
It’s the end of the world as we know it…

OK, first up, this is not my normal type of read. I am a romance reader, and Year One was not romantic at all. A virus that makes you hurl your guts up till you die is not my idea of fun and games. Watching people die because evil invaded the world, was hardly a party. Sure, I knew I’d be seeing the end of the world, but come on, it’s Nora Roberts. I kind of hoped that there’d be a little hearts aflutter and sweet nothings, but unfortunately, that would be
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Roy
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've never read a Roberts book before as shes never had a book in a genre thats appealed to me. Gave this a read after a promising blurb. A pandemic sweeps across the world, kinda remisncent of other post apocalyptic stories but I felt this became a little too urban fantasy YAish, which by themselves is great, but together it felt disjointed. Too many characters which I felt had no influence on the plot. The concept was great, just didnt pull through with the execution.
Marta Cox
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Well this was totally unexpected and took me back to the heady days when I first discovered the Circle , Dream and Signs of Seven trilogies. Whilst strictly speaking not a romance this book still called to my old romantic heart with characters to love and huge obstacles in the way of a happy ever after. Yes it's a bleak look at the possibility of a pandemic that could almost completely eradicate humanity but the author has given her fans a more mystical reason . If you enjoy books that pit good ...more
Allison Brennan
I always seem to have both a sense of pride and envy when I read great authors. Pride—because as an author, I love being part of a community that contributes to great storytelling; and envy—because when a great storyteller proves their chops time and time again, I can’t help but feel a teensy, tiny bit jealous that they are so damn talented.

Not that this jealousy would ever stop me from buying a good book.

For me, the single most important factor in any story (other than competent writing) is cha
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Sally906
Anyone who picks this up expecting One of Nora Roberts paranormal romances is going to be very surprised, maybe disappointed. I am reading reviews where people are saying they feel cheated – come on – there is enough evidence around, even interviews given by the author, to give you a hint that this is totally different. YEAR ONE is dark, very dark – and good people die – but the story kept me glued to the pages for the most part. The parts I didn’t stay glued? When the icky bits happened. Icky b ...more
Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic
If you ever read a book by Nora Roberts - forget everything you think you know about her writing. Year One is the beginning of something new and EXCITING!!!

Year One is the first book in a trilogy that is more complex and layered then anything I ever read by Nora Roberts. Instead of a typical trilogy with each book dedicated to a different couple - Year One is the beginning of an EPIC story that seems to span generations.

Think HIGH fantasy.

The author introduces an amazing cast during a chilling a
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Maine Caulfield
Nov 18, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Let a friend borrow this to read first.

DNF at page 150.
Too many characters.
Too much happening.
Just, no.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)


It’s New Year and the world is about to be hit by the Doom, a disease that kills with a 100% mortality rate. However, there are some who are immune and amoungst those immune there are some who are developing powers. Like all power, some of it is being used for good, such as the couple Lana and Max, witches whose magic seems to grow more and more as the world crumbles around her and there are those who use their magic for darkness and destruction. Lana and Max must escape New York as it becomes
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Juli
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romance novels are not my thing, so I really haven't read many of Nora Roberts novels. The few I have read in the past, I did enjoy. She's a talented writer. Year One is a bit different from her normal romance with a bit of magic/supernatural added. It's the first book in a dystopian trilogy. It is enough of a step away from Roberts' normal genre that I put it on my TBR list immediately.

The basics: The world is decimated by a virus. In mere weeks, billions of people around the world are dead. T
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Mitticus
Oh, boy. Where to start?

A pandemic devastate the world, because obscure -emphasis in the obscure part- mythical reasons. Following the fate of the McLeod family who seems to ignite the 'Doom' virus, we arrive to N.Y. and other more important characters, like witches . Yeah. We never are offered an explanation of that pre-existence or why there are people with 'sparking' powers before the rapefest start. Wait. Did I not tell you? There are plenty of raped women and girls in this book. Not detail
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Britney
4.5 amazing stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟!

Wow! I didn’t know what to expect with this new path Nora is on, but let me tell you, you don’t want to miss it! This was far away from any Nora Roberts book I have ever read, and I have read ALOT.....like a lot. That being said, you still get the Nora feel. There are intriging relationships, there is love, (though this is not a romance like we know, there is romance in it.) and strong,deep, characters that suck you in. There are a lot more people to sift though here, bu
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J.T.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait for Year Two!
Under the Covers Book Blog
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's New Year and the world is about to be hit by the Doom, a disease that kills with a 100% mortality rate. However, there are some who are immune and amoungst those immune there are some who are developing powers. Like all power, some of it is being used for good, such as the couple Lana and Max, witches whose magic seems to grow more and more as the world crumbles around her and there are those who use their magic for darkness and destruction. Lana and Max must escape New York as it becomes ...more
Carolyn
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Year One starts with a bang as a prophecy long foretold in the Scottish Highlands comes of age. A chance killing in an ancient sacred site allows an unstoppable plague called the Doom in to scourge the world. The collapse of world governments and law and order is much as described by other pandemic based dystopian novels except for one factor. Many of those who are immune to the plague find that they have developed magical powers - but not only good and useful magic, but also dark magic of a dan ...more
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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