Year One

Year One

Book - 2017
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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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250122957
Characteristics: 419 p. ; 24 cm.

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Casiepaws
Apr 16, 2021

I liked it. I am going to finish the series* because I am invested in finding out what happens in the world but I don't know that I will seek out this author for further books. There are just some odd things about the writing that are jarring. Odd choices in dialogue, odd grammar, that make things stiff. And odd choices in the plot, like ignoring that women have to expel the afterbirth.
*I didn't finish the series. I tried but it's just terrible writing.

FPL_John Oct 23, 2020

I don't usually read Nora Roberts books, but after reading this one, I might start. I've always thought of her as a romance writer, but I really enjoyed this sci/fi book by her. She does a great job with the characters and the breakdown of society/ emergence of magic was very interesting to read about. I definitely recommend it if you like apocalyptic sci/fi.

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barryandlinda
Apr 21, 2020

Lana Bingham, a practicing witch, lives with her boyfriend Max. When sickness starts spreading, she bands together with others to try to stop the sickness and help others. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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stephanier78
Jan 30, 2020

This is a really good novel. However, there is a moment close to the end...in chapter 23 or 24 made me upset. It wasn’t something I’d expected to happen.....it sucked. But there is also another hope later on.

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kaybea
Jan 10, 2020

I made it through 3/4 of the book but just couldn't take any more. So many books and movies are based on the same theme. Too much character development and not enough story. Everyones escape route could have been developed more and made more interesting. Situation scenes were brief when so much more could have been written. Sigh! one star

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Gypsy86
Jul 28, 2019

Nora Roberts is breaking into the post apocalypse dystopian fantasy genre! Her well-practiced writing style makes it flow nice and easy, giving the information you need to involve your mind in any specific scene, without leaving holes or overwhelming extraneous information.
We follow the plague of doom, the crash of modern society, the escape, the rise of the uncanny, through waves of ever-present fear mongers and the forces of evil.

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whamby1104
May 25, 2019

I'm surprised how much I like this book. First Nora Roberts book for me, and I thought it was an easy page turner

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Kjmotis92
May 06, 2019

An excellent story. Being a Sci-Fi and Fantasy fan, I love Robert's books written in these genres. I've read most of her books and series written in these genres and avoid her more 'normal' books and stories. I also love her Sci-Fi mystery series written under the pseudonym, J.D. Robb with its heroine, Detective Eve Dallas.

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cancankimber
Jan 14, 2019

This is not the typical tone and timbre of a Nora Roberts story, but the story is so quintessentially Roberts- you are sucked in and invested from the first moment you pick up the book, and all you can say by the end is "I want more!".

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tracycherry
Jan 03, 2019

Alot of twists and turns but set up to be a great series. Hopefully Lana will make it back eventually to those she grew to love in New Hope!

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