#Review : Year One by Nora Roberts @PiatkusBooks @ClaraHDiaz @LittleBrownUK

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little Brown UK for letting me have a copy of this book for review.

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With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins…

They call it The Doom – a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. There’s something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life.

But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the ‘Uncannies’ for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.



Rating: 4/5

Review:  I love Nora Roberts (writing as J. D. Robb) In Death series and have enjoyed one of her books written under her own name so when an email appeared about this book I was intrigued. It’s not my usual type of read but I did want to expand my reading so doing that with an author whose writing I was already familiar with seemed like a good place to start.

This is a book about light and dark, hope and loss, death and life. The first chunk of the book is unsurprisingly dark as the Doom, the name given to the illness, takes hold of the planet.  This book shows how a cataclysmic event and breakdown of civilisation can have such different effects on different people. I’m not known for reading fantasy, though that is something I want to read more of, and I enjoyed the underlying current of fantasy in the story.

This is not a story that is going to appeal to everyone.  Some fans of the author are not going to like it and some fans of fantasy and/or apocalyptic novels are not going to like it either, it does seem to be a bit of a marmite book.  Having said that I genuinely did enjoy it and I think, for an author trying a new genre, this is an excellent start.  It’s not going to be a surprise for anyone that such a well-established author managed to create well-rounded and realistic characters and for me, the story came alive in the words and the way it was written.   It is a very vividly told story and some scenes are quite gory and unsettling and that is something that some readers may not like.

Despite this being a book I would never normally read I’m glad I decided to take a chance on it.  I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next in the series which is out in December 2018.


About the author:

Romance novelist Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels and there are 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series, which features Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.




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