“ Paperback: 336 pages / Publisher: Rena Willemin / Published: 15 Aug 2012 „
When a flu virus sweeps across the globe, wiping out huge chunks of the planets population in one foul swoop, humanity is left decimated. Valentina is already trying to deal with all the other stresses of her life - a cheating husband, her subsequent mis-carriages and a pushy, over-zealous and over-bearing mother- but now finds herself with a whole new batch of problems when she becomes just one of a handful of survivors following the initial outbreak. In aorld where the motto survival of the fittest has never been more apt, Valentina does her level best to carry on in this brave new world she finds herself in. But when she crosses paths with a radical Preacher who is heralding in a new society crafted in the image of his own ideals, she quickly finds herself all alone, on the run and being hunted by the armed and extremely deadly mercenaries who enforce his will.
The Preacher predicted the apocalypse long before it occurred, has beenpreparing for it all his life in fact, and will nothing and no one step in his way. Even if his destiny is inexpicably entwined with this mysterious girl, Valentina....
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but may I say how delighted I was! The book swooped me up into its world very early on and I found Valentina a very easy character to conect and form a bond with! It is fair to say, I loved this book to pieces -so much so that I already have it pencilled in to join my own personal 1001 books and authors to read before you die list that I maintain on my Blog (when I get around to updating it!)!
This book is absolutely awesome, I cannot praise it enough, and it is a testament to how good it is that, upon reaching the final chapters, I was left wondering what would happen next to the characters and their lives in the days that followed. Imagine my delight then, when I discoverd that this is just the first part of a proposed trilogy!
Seriously, this book is THAT good that if you like post-apocalyptic fiction in even the loosest of terms then you are going to simply adore this! It has an easy-going writing style, seriously strong characterisation and leaves you in its final pages desperate for more!