Book & Author Details:
Year One by Nora Roberts
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Dystopian
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.
I’m a little bit in awe right now. This is an astonishing start to what has the potential to be an epic new series.
I was initially a little concerned with all the characters and the different points of view that the story is told from. Although it feels like it could be confusing, I thought it worked really well as a narrative tool, with the disparate threads being pulled together as the story progressed.
As with the previous book I read from this author (although that was a romantic suspense novel), there is a very distinct tone to this. Those who could be considered to be the good guys tell their stories without bluster or fanfare. And as a result, the contrast against those who are not so good is stark, with their inflammatory language and their over the top behaviours.
A story of loss. Of death. Of the end of society. Of hope.
I await the second in the series with bated breath.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. With over 500 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world. She is a Sunday Times hardback bestseller writing as both Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb.