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Year One

(Chronicles of The One #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  76,375 ratings  ·  7,401 reviews
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
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Dana Sayre-stanhope The next book in the Series will of "Of Blood and Bone" and will be released in Nov 2018. It is listed on her website under the release schedule.…moreThe next book in the Series will of "Of Blood and Bone" and will be released in Nov 2018. It is listed on her website under the release schedule.(less)
Lauren I definitely agree! I hope that we revisit those characters, especially since a lot of the book was from different POV, and I built an attachment to t…moreI definitely agree! I hope that we revisit those characters, especially since a lot of the book was from different POV, and I built an attachment to them.(less)

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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 f
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

November 2019 update : I just finished reading this book for the third time. I have loved it more every time I've read through it, which I think speaks volumes about any book. But this story in particular is something special. Yes, it's about the end of the world. Or rather, an end. It's also about what is reborn from the ashes. It's about love and loss and joy and grief and community and hard work and light battling against the darkness. It
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I enjoyed it!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
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
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.
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
Kirsty ❤️
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Kimber Silver
"When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he’d killed himself. And billions of others."

Anticipation crackles on crisp winter air as the world stands on the cusp of a new year. The MacLeod family plan to bring it in with panache, as they do every year at their ancestral farm in Dumfries, Scotland. However, the nightmarish promise that this new year holds blows in on dark whispers from a stone circle on the property.

“Often on dark nights
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
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-1
Man, Nora Roberts knows how to start things off with a bang. I’ve never read any of her paranormal books before, only contemporary romance and romantic thrillers, and this was absolutely fabulous. A deadly outbreak spreading across the globe. The world thrust in a sort of post-apocalyptic nightmare that brings out the rawest aspects of human nature, for better and worse. And for some special abilities.

One thing I love about the way NR writes is her ability to ask all the right “what if” questio
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this more than many of her other stories since her earlier works. 7 of 10 stars
Kat Valentine
DNF just not my kind of thing.
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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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 finished which i
4.5 Stars

This story managed to be familiar and original all at once. Even though I feel like I’ve read/seen similar versions of this story before, Nora somehow managed to deliver a new spin on many previously explored ideas in the apocalyptic genre, creating a gripping and nerve-wracking reading experience unlike anything she’s ever written before.

Honestly, I was impressed.

I’ve always been a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, as stressed out and scared as they often make me. Nora’s take on this w
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
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. ...more
Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)

**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
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a mess.. This book got me through my reading slump (kind of) but only because I wanted to see what ridiculous thing can the author possibly come up with next. And no, I don't mean the book was unpredictable, because it was just the opposite of that. Everything was just.. a hot mess. ...more
Mary Deacon
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Year One is the first book in the Chronicles of the One trilogy by the famous Nora Roberts. A fatal pandemic is destroying the world: it appears an avian influenza, highly contagious and pure deadly, within days, to those not immune. It began on a farm in Scotland, where the McLeod family were engaging in their traditional New Year’s Eve pheasant hunt, but it has quickly spread around the globe, and no vaccine is effective. People soon call it The Doom. The few who do not succumb have immunity, ...more
* A Reader Obsessed *
3 Stars

With any apocalypse story you’re gonna get devastating lost and horrific goings on, all of which is sure to make or break a person in their desperate attempt to live another day. Roberts here has spread her writing wings by encompassing the classic struggle of good vs evil as she incorporates fantasy and supernatural elements to survival of the fittest, plus a prophecy to boot.

My interest is caught, but this being the first book in a planned trilogy, there’s definitely a lot going on here
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 ...more
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
Marta Cox
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
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
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2019
4 stars!

I’m surprised with how much I enjoyed Year One!
I’ve read books by Nora Roberts before but it’s always been in the romance genre. Roberts decided to try something different by tackling the dystopia genre and I thought she did a good job.

I thought in the beginning of the book that it had similar themes to The Stand by Stephen King but then Roberts added the magical element to it, and I can feel it stands on it's own.

Year One is the first book in the Chronicles of The One trilogy and Robert
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. 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 book ...more

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