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“Epidemics, floods, droughts — for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she’s rescued from a pack of vicious dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can’t continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.”

So this was found on the side of the road. It makes sense why it was there. It is total trash. I wanted to like it, but I can’t say anything good about it.

My first issue is the continuity from page to page is non-existent. For example there is a scene where the kids are crossing a bridge. Lucy in the process falls and drops her spear over the bridge. Less than five pages later she has her spear back, that spear is then used for most of the remainder of the book to fight for her life. The character did not have a back-up spear, so this spear should not have existed and she should be dead. That would make me happy.

Another issue is the characters are really flat. There is no depth. There is little development of any characters, especially the main character. There is no reason to get hooked on this when it comes to characters as they are all one dimensional, boring, and just bad.

The general plot of the apocalypse is pretty cool, but over the top. Supposedly it started with certain people getting sick, but then the weather changed. The sick people who survived were described as zombies. So the only thing missing from this one is aliens, otherwise we have all the basic plot ideas of how the world is going to end in one. Add in that the main character was raised by anti-vaxxers. So this in the end is a crazy love story about anti-vaxxers, which I can’t approve of just on principal. WHY IS THIS A THING? Also, WHY IS THERE A SEQUEL?

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1 out of 5 stars. I would recommend throwing this book out, but not reading it.

You can buy this book here, or look for my copy on the side of the road.

~Isaiah

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