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Abomination: (A Young Adult Fiction Novel) (The Pathfinders Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01D8TAOT6
- Publisher : Finch Books (20 March 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 2690 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 753,634 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book follows two High School kids, Carla and Tully, as they try to escape from the catastrophe that's taken over the world only to find themselves thrown into a future of cold, hunger, violence and fear.
You can tell the novel has been heavily influenced by the Lord of the Flies, but where Golding's book showed the slow decent into violence and tribalism, Dougherty extrapolates this out to the extreme. It is a tough read in places but all the better for it. Nobody comes out of this unscathed and part of the tension of the novel is seeing whether our protagonists become corrupted by the society from which they're trying to escape.
There were times towards the second half of the book where I felt there were too many trips back into the past which slowed the book's pace but overall this is an excellent start to a gritty, post-apocalyptic story.
“Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of physical abuse, sexual slavery and violence and references to child murder.”
I can’t imagine anything which would please the author more! It may put parents off, but every teenager in town is going to want to read it now! It hardly sounds like a book for Young Adults, I’m sure you’re thinking, but relax; Dougherty knows what she’s doing. You can’t wrap young people up in cotton wool and pretend we’re living in fairyland. These are real issues going on in the world all around us, and our young people need to be made aware, not made vulnerable and ignorant by hiding the truth from them.
Having said that, whilst the author doesn’t pull any punches, she knows where to draw the line. She is a mother of teenagers herself, and so am I. There is nothing in this book I wouldn’t want my fourteen year old son to see, and he will tell you I’m pretty strict on age limits for books, games and movies!
This book reminded me of Lord of the Flies; it had that same sinister atmosphere. It’s unnerving to see how brutal our sweet, precious children can become when left to their own devices in a deadly game of survival.
But as violent and aggressive as they are, there’s someone out there who’s even more terrifying, even more savage, and who ultimately holds all the cards. Daily life brings the ever more urgent search for food as supplies dwindle; attack from mutant creatures which lurk in the shadows, always looking to feast on tender human flesh; and the ever-present danger of gang warfare with the other ‘tribes’ prowling beyond their defences.
In Tully and Carla, the author presents an alternative way forward, in which rationality, strength, determination and compassion can prevail. If they get the chance. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not perfect heroes; they’re real human beings that every reader will be able to identify with. They have their own particular character flaws, they make mistakes, but they are resourceful and learn to deal with them.
Some of the characters are pretty nasty. We’ve all met bullies like them. My only gripe with the book concerns one of them; Flo, madam and supervisor of the girls, a thoroughly vile piece of work, holds great potential as a villain, yet just as she gets going with her dastardly plan, she is killed off. Personally, I would have liked to see how the story could have developed under her influence.
This book may be for young people, but it does not come with a happy ever after. Although it stands alone as a complete story in itself, the ending makes it clear that there is more, much more to come, and I for one am tagging along for the ride down that next wormhole.
They find themselves 5 years into the future when the world is no longer
recognizable; the blue light has fallen from above and the soil no longer bears any fruit. Captured by a teenage tribe, they have to use the last vestiges of their wit to figure out how to survive within this group of kids playing cowboys and Indians with real lives, knives and blood. And that's before the Burnt man who shoots fire and the shadows filled with rodent human hybrids.
In the end, they will need more than just their love for each other to make it through and face yet another wormhole and another choice of jumping into the darkness or being consumed by it.
A fast paced end of days novel packed with sarcasm, rage and drama. Pitched for young adults, this 42 year old boy thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and is on route to volume 2!