OK, so I'm a sucker for Sci Fi and most apocalyptic books, of which there are many on Kindle. I've not read too many for a while but after doing a whole series of Yellowstone eruption books I thought I would be ready for the collapse of New York...when one is on a role. This series of books makes it plain at the very beginning in the blurb that it would be serialised so the a new book would be released about once a month. This can cause some problems for the reader. One that really annoys me is that there is loads of filler...some of which I don't believe is necessary. Another thing is that there has to be a certain amount of recap...again it is necessary, but I'm telling it as it is. The Characters: Quite well rounded and most I like considerably. If Petra was my daughter I would have gladly let her and her boyfriend go back to the city to suffer an ignoble end, as Bill makes the decision to keep the family together, then promptly goes against his wife's instructions and returns to the city with the twin brother to Petra, Peter in tow, my hands go up in the air in frustration. That leaves the three girls to themselves with no male...now don't get on high horses about women can do everything a man can do...There sometimes, needs to be taller, stronger people around to do physical work. There is an eight year old girl, a fifteen year old girl who copes by wandering off hunting, when all concerned are supposed to be getting the property safe from outside attack, and then interlopers arrive and when turned away start a shootfest. Jim the elderly man, who is their next-door neighbour can hardly hobble around, however brainy and logical he might be. This is only a small part of the first book.
An so it goes on. I'm sure I would have got myself in some tricky situations too if I had to confront what was going to happen to all the people in this book. As the story unfolds Christine the professor is one-eyed about saving the first person who had been effected by the horrible MELT, around which the story enfolds. Personally she doesn't seem to do much personally but causes many people to miss the boat, quite literally, as they try to flee from the dreaded plastic eating enzyme thingy that her company has let loose on the fair citizens of NY.
I found myself saying out aloud on numerous occasions "Eer, What?" Petra has moments where she gets her act together and gets things moving, feels guilty about sneaking out of a hospital with things that do not belong to her, then promptly shows little remorse when she grabs a whole pile of car keys so she can choose a vehicle which will suit the needs of the family trying to get her sister out of harms way. I would have liked her to do a reconnoitre of suitable vehicles and at least let others have vehicles so they may be in a position to flee themselves.
Yes I was exasperated by huge chunks of the books, but I kept on reading. As soon as one whole chunk of the CBD in downtown Manhattan had disappeared into a great big hole, I'm sorry but I believe the Government and its agencies would have cordoned off any escape. The main heroine, Alice broke all her own rules. She has been deceived on so many levels, and yet she tries to make amends, Her son carries victim "Zero One on his backs for large chunks of the main story. If she had evacuated to her family's "safe house" her husband, her son, and their neighbours could have conceivably been left intact, but it wouldn't have made for a ripping yarn. I'm almost through the 5th book and I'm beginning to get excitement and trauma fatigue...I may not buy the next book, (And yet deep inside I know I will). I don't really want to know what happens to all the victims...because it has gone on too long for me. Would someone please put Angeline out of her misery...everyone is carrying on about the need to find a cure for the situation and taking the moral high ground but meanwhile this young girl who starts off in the first book as a pretty and happy child, suddenly becomes the sack of potatoes, transferred from one person to another., suffering huge burns and lifelong scarring, not to mention massive pain and agony kept under control by huge doses of morphine.
I hope I don't sound too dismissive of the series of books, they are great for flexing the old grey matter and try to discern what I might have done on the same situation. As I have said before, I'm still ploughing through the books even with the cliffhangers. One of the first things I would have carried around with me, especially in this sort of situation is a large bottle of Dettol and when advised to divest the house of all plastics, I would have made sure I did the same with the clothing I would wear as I entered into the lion's den. It is only a story, but I did find myself getting a little flummoxed and frustrated, the side steps made me almost yawn, but nevertheless there were some really good thought-provoking story-lines...I'm up to the double amputee Marine joining the ever growing list of cast members...I wonder where that's going to lead?.....
Another very interesting book by these two Authors. Who would of thought Plastic was so much apart of our every day life. You could probably cover a whole country with the waste. There really does need to be better ways of recycling and to get rid of the waste. You just think about your pet plastic drink bottles, shopping bags,even the recyclable ones,when you think of plastic. But Plastics are everywhere, food containers and wraps, tooth brushes, disposable cutlery and plates, the list goes on, but it is in nearly all the things we use. This story tells us of a company that can make plastic waste a thing of the past, it melts it all down into nothingness Somethings are just too good to be true. A very compelling story of Businesses and the push to meet dead lines and the ever hungry shareholders. I really enjoyed reading this book,(a bit scary, well a lot actually, when you think about it). And would recommend it to all post apocalyptic fans, and anyone who likes a good read.
I love a good disaster book or series but this one failed to impress and I won't be reading any more of the books in this series.
Firstly, the characters are just so cliché and boring. Alice with her superhero complex just had me rolling my eyes constantly and her sappy husband Bill, who constantly daydreams about how perfect his wife and kids are, was just nauseating. Secondly, the whole prepping for a disaster (with code words and all) is simply ridiculous and not believable.
I like the storyline, it's interesting and had real potential but the author just fails to pull it off.
Thought this is a must read book. A good story and educational as well. Not a lot of people would think much about plastic. The kids in the story are kick arse (very mature). Look forward to the next book