This novel blew every other novel I have read this week, out of the water. It was New and Fresh. A completely original idea in a genre flooded with books that could mirror each other. Wendy took a story with endless possibilities and weaved a plot that has you gripping the book like your life depends on it. I still haven't recovered.
Unknown is our greatest fear. What would happen if everything we knew and loved came crashing down in front of us? What happens when the world is ending. When something is taking over and you are powerless? Well, if you are these characters, you find a way to fight for those you love.
Amber and Rylen don't have that fairy tale love. They didn't have the gore up and fall in love kind of tale. They had the true life kind. The kind where you don't always end up with the guy you pined over your whole life. What they do have though, is the type of love that fights. The type that protects each other.
It was wonderful and beautiful. I couldn't get enough. There weren't enough pages in the book, I need more. SO. Much. More.
This story was so full of angst it may still kill me. The trepidation. I can't even find the words. Wendy weaves this spell over the characters that you can't help but fall into. There are so many possibilities and with the turn of each page I still had no idea what was going to happen.
Then there was the families. The Tates and the Fites. Grandpa is my spirit animal. I couldn't get enough of the scenes with the families. As the world is crumbling around them, they react like most families would. Wendy does a beautiful job of incorporating all of the reactions that are typical to people in this type of situation. I found myself reading to each reaction in my own way and it was SO much fun. It adds that extra layer to the book.
Then there were THOSE scenes. The ones that give you butterflies in your chest while you are reading? Yeah. She is the BEST at them. I swear I got them at least 10 times while reading. Again, I may not ever recover.
You don't want to miss this epic novel in a brand new series from Wendy Higgins. A story of survival and fighting for what you believe in. A story of the bonds of family.
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.