February 07, 2013

'Til The World Ends - Review

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa 
Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems.... 

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre 
After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they'll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside...for good. 

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall 
Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms-in the cosmos and beyond. And she's not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She'll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

My Review
I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. There is three short stories included in this book. Each deal with the world as it changes most of the time it is headed to the end. They are all fascinating stories that will have you wanting more to see what happens next.

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa 
This is the story of what happened during the Red Lung. The virus that was destroying humans everyone. It is the time when everything is bad but then it soon turns a whole lot worse. Kylie is a doctor who has survived the Red Lung and has some helping running a clinic. She hardly ever sleeps but keeps pushing on hoping for a miracle. When two new people arrive at the clinic she realizes one of them is hiding something. Ben keeps trying to get her to leave and warning her that she is in danger. She soon realizes that the people she thought of as dead are changing and Ben may know why. Now they are on the run fighting for their survival.

I love The Immortal Rules and this is the prequel to that book. It is awesome to get to see just how everything got started and you get to see everything was already going down before the world changed. Kylie is a fascinating character. She shows such amazing strength in this book. Ben even tho he has secrets you can tell he is a good guy and really to me just seemed like a good old boy with more smarts than he shows. You also get to see Ben's family which if you have read The Immortal Rules you will be sure to recognize the place they are from. You also get to see some familiar faces that add a great touch to the story. Even if you have not read The Immortal Rules pick this up as it is a wonderful story.

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre
Mari Thistle does whatever she can to survive and keep her siblings safe in a world that has been turned into a chemical wasteland. She does job no one else will do but soon someone wants to put a stop to her. Thorne Goodman is a thug and only out for hisself. For some reason when he is told to bring in Mari he does the opposite and goes on the run with her. He has some motives of his own tho he wants to take down the boss running things and he just may need Mari's help doing so.

I love love love this story. It is so wonderful and I really hope to get to see more of this world. The author create one in this short story that leaves you begging for more. Mari does what she has to do to help her family even when that may hurt her. You have to like that she is that devoted. Thorne offers to help her and unlike some books she doesn't instantly trust him. They each earn each others trust. Great no stupid girl you get in some books. Thorne is tough and for the most part that is all you get to see. A few time you get to see the soft vulnerable side and that just makes him a better character for it. They both face being killed constantly and the action never stops. You have a bad guy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He doesn't care who he kills to do so. I love reading this cause you get so caught up in it. There is attraction between Mari and Thorne but neither act on it. You in a way want them to hook up but they both would rather put other things before themselves. Wonderful change to were it isn't about love it is about doing what is right. I do hope there is more books to this story so I can see what happens next.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall 
The world has been changed forever do to sun flares. Everything is different and some people have changed cause of the flares. They have powers. Sarah can predict storms and now may have people after her who want to use her power. She finds this out with the arrival of Ian. He has a power of his own and is being hunted for it. Together these two may hold the key to healing the earth or destroying it. They just have to figure out who to trust to do it.

Out of the three stories this is my least favorite. I just couldn't get into the characters and couldn't get into the story. The plot has a great idea a solar flare has destroyed most things on earth and changed people. They normal ones are still in danger if they get caught in solar flares they could go insane, die or be burned. It just fell flat for me. The two main characters just didn't do much to keep my attention or where that impressive. I think what this needed was a better bad guy or more powers other people had showed more. That really would have kicked it up. It is still a decent read just not my favorite.

I recommend anyone who loves a dystopion or even a paranormal book to pick this up. Two of the stories I really loved and the third was ok. I look froward to reading the next The Immortal Rules book and more books by Ann Aguirre. They both write such wonderful stories.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam

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