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Sara's Review: Broken World (Broken World #1) by Kate L. Mary

REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Twisted Press, LLC RELEASED: July 2, 2014 GENRE: scifi, dystopian LENGTH: 241 pages FORMAT: ebook, audible, paperback


When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

After reading The Loudest Silence, I had to read Broken World its where everything started. I was not disappointed in the least and devoured this book in one sitting. Broken World is in the first person narrative of Vivian as she travels across the country to be reunited with a daughter she gave up for adoption. The plague has already started, and the government is doing what the can to control it, by only letting people travel who have been screened and only traveling to secure roots. Its very communist block, asking to see your travel papers. She meets up with two rednecks Angus and Axl, and along the way, they pick up stray after stray. The world is shifting, and the people who use to be in power aren’t anymore. The uber-rich don’t matter. It's people with skills like Angus and Axl who are highly valued. I think I like these kinds of books, not just for the entertainment value but because it also gets me thinking. What if, what would I contribute. Or would I be dead weight? Dead weight is the answer, LOL. The characters are fully realized and multi-faceted, and the imagery of the emptiness of a once busy city is chilling. Mary is an excellent writer, and I am looking forward to reading this entire series. I am giving Broken World 5 Boundless Stars, I loved it, and I have already started the next one Shattered World.

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