Series: Chronicles of the One
Published by St. Martin's Press on December 5, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Kindle eBook
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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 technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
It’s the end of the world as we know it in Nora Robert’s first fantasy book, Year One. Let’s dig in.
I purchased this novel on release day. I was so excited about her tackling a new genre, particularly fantasy. I think the first couple of books of her In Death series, considered mysteries, are some of her best works. I expected a new life and energy that’s been lacking in her recent romances. But after finishing this book, I wished I saved myself some time and money.
It’s boring, slow, and unoriginal. I could keep adding to this list, but those are the primary reasons. For a book about the end of the word, not all that much happens. The world ends. People come together to make a new version of it. Bam, that’s it. That’s the plot. This particular version of the world includes people with magical abilities. Not just your standard witches and wizards deal, it’s going to include pixies and elfs too. Only, we’re not going to focus on those interesting ones. We’re going to center our story around witches. *sigh*
Let’s talk about the characters. The synopsis makes it sound like this book will include multiple points-of-view. It’s not entirely misleading. However, the POV narrows down to one particular character in the last third of the novel. The one character I don’t find all that interesting. Although, I didn’t find the other supposedly “main” characters to be interesting or dynamic either. Honestly, View Spoiler » this book is only backstory. It seems to me Roberts is more interested in exploring Fallon’s story, the baby born from Lana and Max. I suspect Fallon will eventual reconnect with the New Hope group, most likely finding a love interest in one of Katie’s twins. « Hide Spoiler So disappointing it hurts.
tl;dr An unoriginal, boring first fantasy novel written by Nora Roberts.