- Publisher: Hachette Australia
- Published: December 5, 2017
Year One appealed to me because I’m a sucker for dystopian fiction and I was fascinated by the idea that Nora Roberts had ventured into the genre. I associate her name with light – but enjoyable – romance novels and crime fiction. Though really, it’s probably not such a big leap to go from crime fiction to end-of-the-world stories. Same thing really, just scaled up.
I was a little baffled by the first few dozen pages. Some guy catches a fatal illness from a bird in a remote area of Scotland while celebrating New Year’s Eve with family. He then travels back home and infects a bunch of other people along the way. The disease quickly goes global and billions die. The pandemic is nicknamed The Doom because catching it means certain death.
At this point it pretty much felt like a re-run of Outbreak.
Then some survivors developed wings. Others became telepathic, or were suddenly able to cast spells. Not all of them were particularly friendly.
Year One is the first in a new series about the beginning of a new world. It’s a light style – typical of Nora Roberts – but the content is fairly dark. There are LOTS of characters and they’re fairly two-dimensional, but they’re varied and likeable.
This novel will appeal to lovers of the Twilight series – if you’re happy to suspend disbelief and return to your overemotional youth, this is the perfect book for you.
Personally, I loved the Twilight series. Even though I read it while rolling my eyes a little, it was fabulous escapism and very enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the next book in Nora Roberts’ new series.
Disclosure: I received a copy from the publisher for the purpose of review. This post contains affiliate links.
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