By Nora Roberts
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (December 2017)
A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…
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, magick 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.
Pablum1By Poll4First three chapters were hopeful, but then I could predict everything thereafter. The dialogue was middle-schoolish and lacked realism... seriously bored me to tears.
So close to a really great book, but......2By shoebee2There are places where the story grabs you and pulls you in. Then with no warning or reason apparent that grip falters, weakens and let’s go. This could have been a great book. A truly worthy sister to The Stand or The Passage yet when it reaches for that platform it simply falls short. Character dev is spotty and lethargic. Scene and feel as well. I loved the story, the premise. The execution however is halfhearted, lazy. A good read but no classic between these covers.
Simply one of the best new series5By J L ServicesI’m a huge sci-fi/fantasy reader, I was caught up on all my series and needed a new beginning. I had know idea what I had in store for myself starting this series. I’m blown away, just speechless when it comes to how amazing this first book is, treat yourself to this book.
An easy, engrossing read....5By Harvey T:I read this book over holiday and finished it and bought the next before the end of my time off. One of the things I loved about the book is the joining of the fantasy and post-apocalyptic concepts that felt organic and original, yet familiar to fans of the genres. Also, the book builds suspense in a way that I did not expect, but was exciting and rewarding. I've never read any Nora's work but from her style I can see how she is such a prolific author in the romance genre. She can seamlessly tie together complex feelings, motives, and actions for the reader that makes a great read. One criticism I may have is some of the action can be a little short, but I don't think it is inadequate, nor do I think her style detracts from the readers experience. I felt saved from the thousands of droning words wasted on house history a la GRRM, while not shorted on developing and painting a picture for the characters. I plan on recommend this to my other friends who dig the fantasy/sci fi genre.
Entertaining5By DanSmith119Great story and characters. Multiple viewpoints going on but well done.
Year one5By DeliesmomWhat a wonderful story, never a dull minute. I'm already casting the movie in my mind!
Year One4By CMRosebaomI studied the Book of Revelation , but the end times never appealed to me, but I enjoyed this book p. It wasn’t really about a end, but about the time of getting ready first time a new beginning and beginning anew. The prospect of a baby being born and and romance beginning was good of course if the end time and a new beginning of time seemed to not just to be coincidence bi symbolic.
Year One5By #1dancer1Not my normal forte but once I started to read this book I could not put it down.
Great read4By Note Card: Free from LearnSmartThe writing is classic NR, but the tale is entirely new. Complicated storytelling will leave you anxious for the rest of the story.
Year one5By BuzgirlOne of the best thank you