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All Is Silence: Post-Apocalyptic Young Adult (Deserted Lands Book 1) by [Slater, Robert L.]
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What if death forgot you?

In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, a suicidal teen-age girl, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. In an apocalyptic land nearly deserted by disease, she lacks reasons to live until a shocking turn of events reveals a phone number. Her call pulls her dangerously cross-country to meet a stranger she thought was dead.

In a world where there is plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space… fear, anger and a lust for power still control the patterns of human life. As the apocalypse heads into dystopian territory, Lizzie must decide who are her friends, her family and who is a danger to them.

This realistic coming of age, young adult novel is the debut of a former alternative high school teacher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rocket Tears Press (5 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "No sick leave in the apocalypse." (Page 135). 6 January 2016
By Rachel Barnard - Published on
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“Back then she had been afraid of the future. Now she feared the present.” (Page. 254).

Almost everyone dies from a disease, but Lizzy, who is suicidal and is now more lonely than ever, has ironically, survived. After puttering around her neighborhood for days, she puts a message out for people to come find her and lo and behold they do. She even finds the number to her long lost father and gives him a ring. Is the world as empty as she thought or will the remaining survivors surprise her?

I love end of the world survival stories and this one was an easy read that showed another possibility to the dystopian literature. Like a combination of the Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Blackout by Stephanie Erickson, All is Silence follows a troubled girl who has been left behind by most of the world and clings to the few people left that she knows. When she finds that her estranged father is alive, she drops everything she has left to meet up with him, along with her old friends and a few new ones she finds during her journey.

This novel should have started at part two. Part one was all about Lizzie and her suicidal past. I think being a survivor during the apocalypse is enough to make any normal teen angsty and to give her a troubled past was not necessary. She was not very likable in part one. I was also confused as to how old she was. She didn’t graduate high school but her actions in her back story made me think she was an adult (sex and bad decisions), but her actions in the present day were not always smart and made me think she was a young teenager who is not worldly wise.

Some of the characters were one dimensional. Unlike Lizzie who has a long way to rise to meet the occasion, which she does now and then when she has to, her father and her friends are simple characters. Her father, especially, was disappointing as an adult. He acted like a child, with simple emotions.

Finally, stop using elevators! Every time (and there were quite a few) that characters got into elevators I would get so stressed out. At some point technology would start to break down entirely and elevators would stop working. Who in their right mind would get into one after 99% of the population has died and it’s been weeks since normal economy and production etc??

I thought the addition of the dog man to the traveling group was really cool and I really liked the aspect he brought to the end of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and well-written at every level. 17 September 2014
By J. D. Maloy - Published on
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There are lots of well-written reviews already with plot summaries etc., so I won't bother with that. Bottom line for me: yes, the book has a lot of rough material (profanity, violence, a couple of sex scenes and one near-rape). But none of it -- NONE -- comes through as gratuitous or cheap. This is simply a starkly realistic story about believable characters dealing with a not-all-that-fantastic doomsday scenario. The rough and tumble of real life comes through in every character. They're all flawed, yet in each of them are admirable traits as well. They can drive each other nuts, yet they're still devoted friends/family toward each other. Even the minor characters surrounding them cover the full range, from lovingly supportive to brutally self-serving. And as to the scenario itself, the backdrop where all this happens, it's convincingly realistic as well... faced with the loss of 95%-plus of everyone in the space of a few weeks, the whole human population in general goes from stunned inactivity, to cautious exploration, to forming their own little ad-hoc communities, and by steps to power struggles and open warfare as would-be dictators and saviors start pursuing their own agendas. Rob Slater has poured a lot into this and the end result is a powerful, can't-put-it-down read. The book would stand wonderfully on its own; as the prologue to a series, it's better still.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next one 21 June 2014
By Mary L. Doyle - Published on
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If I hadn't been so busy, I probably would have read this one in a day because it was very engrossing. Far from predictable, the plot kept me guessing about what would happen next. I didn't particularly like Lizzie, but I'm not sure that mattered. She acted in ways that frustrated me at times but that also meant I wasn't bored by her. I loved that, as the story progresses, the little group grows and bands together to survive. I'm curious to know if in future books, the band with get more members. Well written, good pacing and an interesting, unpredictable group of folks help make this a great diversion. I'd recommend it to friends.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your ordinary post-apocalyptic novel 12 June 2014
By Mark C. - Published on
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'All is Silence' surprised me. And I surprised myself, in a way. The protagonists are not immediately endearing, especially to those of us annoyed by the self-destructive habits of non-college-track young adults. Even so, after a couple of chapters, I developed a lot of interest and even empathy for the motley set of characters trekking through the book. Found myself reading way past my normal bed time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fell in love with the cover of this book 31 December 2016
By Dawn Vogel - Published on
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Fell in love with the cover of this book, so I had to read it. It turned out to be a bit different from what I expected, unfortunately. I found it a little darker than I normally like my YA books, which impacted my enjoyment of it.