Evolved Publishing presents a young adult apocalyptic adventure from the multiple award-winning author of The Zombie West series and The Desert series.
The end of the world? That's the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when 16-year-old Tess's doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he's gone crazy.... Until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.
Tess' dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice - he must find her missing brother.
Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns. But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?
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"Very good but makes no sense"
There are no zombies. No guns. No action. No problems surviving, everything they could just pick off shelves. Mostly just two characters. No explanation for the bizzare end of the world events; meteors, inexplicably powerful storms and everyones just vanished. The story is very good and intrigueing until you realize you've come to the end and nothing makes sense. Reminds me of the TV series "Lost".
Yet Tess is an incredibly endearing character well portrayed by the narrator. At first I thought her reading as amateurish but some parts she executed brilliantly and smoothly. I realized she was just portraying an insecure, hesistent, lonely and frieghtened girl.
Tess meets a guy and there is some friction and romance going on; thats basically what the story is about. Except he is one of these mysterious things that dont make sense either.
So three stars for a very satisfying book which I totally do not regret buying, but would appreciate more if there was a sequel or any of it made sense.
"Entertaining and original"
Once upon a time, people were ok with stand-alone novels. Ever since Harry Potter and other books of its generation, it's now taken for granted that a story isn't fully developed if it isn't made into a series, even if by the third book the author seems to have exhausted his/her ideas and starts to pull cliches out of a bag of tricks to try to keep the story going. I've read many reviews in which the main complaint about "Anyone?" was that this is it, this book is all we get, the writer isn't planning a sequel. I can see why that might be frustrating, because we want to know more of certain characters and we want to know why it all happened. On the other hand, I like that, the same as the characters, we're left wondering, because sometimes life is like that, we don't get all the answers. I did feel the novel has many plot holes, such as the fact that the characters who're still alive barely find remains of those who died from whatever happened in the first part of the novel and whatever is going on in the rest of it. This is especially questionable when they go into cities and there's barely any signs of human casualties. Too convenient, in my opinion, although I wondered if we don't see these signs because the main character is also blind to them due to denial. The same thing with the number of survivor(s?) the main character comes across. If you turn a blind eye to these two aspects of the story, the rest is entertaining and a good twist on the apocalyptic scenario.
"Written over a 3 day weekend, I suppose..."
What would have made it better? Um... I guess a real plot, character development, and a decent ending.
Lacks all the stuff I just mentioned.
It reads like a plot setting idea... a setting to write a plot in. This story doesn't have enough for me to call it an actual plot. It has as much as you might get over coffee... "I think I'll write a story about a girl who..." That sort of thing. The story isn't developed and the ending is a disappointment.
Oh, boy... what a question! Not worth my time to answer fully.
Narrator is good, but some inflections are wrong and she mispronounced some words. I did not care for her lowering her pitch to try to sound like the males. Her own voice is very nice and she is reading a book... no one expects her to SOUND like other people. She needs to just read in her own natural voice. Overall, the narrator's work is a lot better than that of the author.
"Don't Do It!"
This book had absolutely no point. I have lost hours of my life listening to a story that had unlikable characters, minimal plot, and forced literary strategies. The main character must only know the adjective "weird" to describe any and all circumstances, even if those circumstances were not strange in any way. I could have gotten past the horrible character development, but the actual plot made no sense and did not come to any sort of conclusion. The author spent the whole time building a plot sequence that focused on the great mystery of where the male characters came from and who they were, only to end the story with no conclusion.
Not at all.
This question made me laugh out loud. Not at all.
The narrator was acceptable; however, the male voices sounded identical and the pronunciation of syllables was forced to the point of occasional annoyance.
Good story for young adults but ending was shallow.
The narrator was very good and I enjoyed her storytelling and calming voice.
"Care to waste your time with a plot only book?"
So, no real setup to the story....went right into a verrrryyy slow evolving plot. And it finished...?
This book was clearly written so the author could pay a few bills. The need for gas money clearly outweighed literary integrity to entertain telling a story.
"The end" was written just so you wouldn't think that there was a screw up in the download.
Thanks Audible for bring this book. Narrator has done a great job in narration. Great Book.
This book ends w/ you wanting MORE!! Thank goodness there will be a follow-up book, "Anyone Else?" in 2016...can't wait.
This is a book that could very well be a movie, it's THAT great.
"Anyone?" really leaves the reader/listener trying to figure out "What is going ok...this is really wild."
"Question any Question Marks in ones Title"
Yes. The narrator gave the book depth with her performance. Phillips personality suggested there was some hidden mystery to this well written novel.
I enjoyed the absence of zombies yet the implication of their existence and plausible arrival.
It really took a couple of hours for the book to develop. Once I became interested in the outcome I could not put it down.
"Interesting and intriguing story!"
I would listen to it again. It was interesting and kept my attention. I hope to read/listen to the sequel soon.
I liked Cole because he was funny and kept the story light at times.
She enunciated the letter "t" way too much. It got annoying after awhile.
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