January 11, 2012

4th Book of 2012

Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna

We all know that I have a love of post-apocalyptic/dystopia novels. Just look at my reading list 2011. I love them a lot. I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on...well, and zombie books too but that's a different post.

Breakdown was great! Six years after a pandemic devastates the human population, and the subsequent loss of much of the world's technology, Chris Price finally makes it from New York to Britain to reunite with his brother. But unresolved grief over his dead wife and baby and the horrors he witnessed as he traveled through a changed world have damaged him. He struggles to let go of his past, accept the healing kindness of those around him, and let love back into his life.

There is a lot of mystery sounding Chris and his journey from New York to Bath. I would have liked more of the story about what happened to him in the US but the author conveniently says that Chris doesn't remember it except for small parts. I didn't love that, it was too convenient. But it really didn't take away from the story. It's kinda like his wife and kid died and he went crazy and doesn't remember. It doesn't detract but I would have liked more of that part of the story.

I loved the ending, which I won't give away. Sadness and happiness. I just wonder if the author is going to write a second book about Pauline's brother. I'd like to know where he's been and what he's seen.

I gave the book 5 out of 5 stars on good reads. The things that bothered me didn't detract enough to take away from a really good story. I'd like to read more by this author.

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