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Sara's Review: Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts


REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Brilliance Audio

NARRATOR: Julia Whelan RELEASED: December 5, 2017 GENRE: epic fantasy, paranormal, romance LENGTH: 12 hours and 20 minutes FORMAT: ebook, paperback, audible

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It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

TWO BOUNDLESS STARS

Year One started off with a lot of promise. It quickly turned into, what I feel is ultimately going to be Roberts take at the money making YA post-apocalyptic genre. Much like Hunger Games, Divergent and so on. However, I didn’t realize that this is where the series was heading until the end, and I can only hope that isn’t the case. But alas I don’t have much hope. Year one was plagued with issues for me, namely being there were too many central characters. So much so that I never felt invested in any of them. Not even, when tragedy struck. By the end of the story, I just wanted it to be over. Julia Whelan did a good job with the narration, but when you have so many characters to contend with there isn’t a lot you can do. I think I would have gotten confused even reading the story vs. listening. I wish Roberts would have centered her story around Lana and Max and left all the other characters as secondary. I would have been more invested in their story and felt something for the characters. As it stands I am giving Year One 2 Boundless Stars, I doubt I will continue this series.


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