Year One (Chronicles of The One #1)
by Nora Roberts
Well if you think you know what you are getting into you being a Nora Roberts book you are wrong this is not her typical Romance or Mystery novel, it is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel. It is so different from anything that Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb) has written before.
The Doom is a deadly virus that causes people to die, over half the world’s population has died and the survivors that are immune to the virus find that they have powers that they did not have before. There are people who are now either faeries, elves or witches or have powers like telekinesis.
The story starts off with patient zero on New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. He travels back home to America, the virus spreads like wildfire.
We then follow the survivors through the first year. The main characters are Arlys a reporter, Jonah a paramedic, Lana a chef and Max a novelist. Oh, and a set of twins. There are many more characters in the book too. I won’t go into any details of the story as I don’t want to give and spoilers away.
I have to give credit where credit is due if Nora Roberts was not author of this book I doubt I would I picked it up but since she was I had to read this book. I will admit I do not read post-apocalyptic dystopian/fantasy novels. But I really did enjoy this book and I am looking forward to book two to see what happens with my favorite characters that I was rooting for throughout the book. I laughed, I cried, I even felt sick and was gagging at times with the characters. This book has it all, there is some romance and mystery, then there is the fantasy and magic.
Could you survive The Doom? It is a question I asked myself after reading this book. I have to be honest, I think I would struggle to survive but I would give it my all like the characters and not give up easily. I would of course miss life’s luxuries.
I would recommend this book with no hesitation.
Thank you to Netgalley and Hachette Australia for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
Publication Date: December 5th 2017 by Hachette Australia
See you in the next chapter.