Stormi's Review: The After War by Brandon Zenner
Released: October 20, 2016
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Length: 461 pages
Two years have passed since mankind faced extinction. Brain Rhodes and his cousin, Steven, are leaving the protection of their underground bunker for the first time, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth. On the other side of the North American continent, young Simon Kalispell is leaving the safety and seclusion of his cabin deep in the woods, traveling with his aging canine companion, Winston. For individual reasons, these men are traveling east, where the fragmented lives of a small number of survivors will soon be decided by the choices of a corrupt few. Simon Kalispell and Brian Rhodes are not yet aware, but the strength that resides inside them will soon be tested, and destiny will call for their fates to be forever intertwined.
Five Boundless Stars
The book is a story of strength, determination, and survival. Brian and Steven are cousins on a journey across the desolate land to get to their family. Simon is on his journey alone with only his dog Winston as a companion. All three of these men are facing the horrible world that is now their reality. A terrible war and deadly virus have wiped out most of the worlds population. Brian and Steven are hidden in a bunker for two years, while across the country Simon and his dog are hiding in an old family cabin. Now as the story unfolds all three men are on a journey to get to their families and to the hope of a better future. The journey is lonely and hard and they face many challenges. Finding food, shelter, and staying alive are among the many things these men face. Once they find themselves settled in a new life, a good life, their life is once again threatened by war. Survival becomes the only thing on everyone's mind. I really liked this book. At times, because it was so long, it seemed to go rather slow, but it gave the story so much life and detail. It was like the reader is in this desolate land and are able to see and feel what these characters are seeing and feeling. Its as if the reader is really there. This story was sad and mysterious. It was a story of hope and determination. It showed the harsh truth of what survival sometimes means. It was written very well with vivid details and masterful storytelling skills. For an end of the world novel it was a great read. I'm not big on these types of books, but I have found that this author can deliver a greatly detailed story that any book reader can appreciate. I certainly enjoyed this book.