Title: Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)
Author : Nora Roberts
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 12/05/17
Dates Read: 12/27/17 – 02/15/18
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
**This is a review of the audio version of this title, via Audible.
This novel already has some 1,300+ reviews on Goodreads (only being released in December of 2017), so I am going to keep my summarizing to a minimum and quickly get to the things I loved about this novel and the one thing that threw me.
This novel starts out following multiple story lines and perspectives through a world where a plague dubbed “The Doom” is swiftly wiping out the population. Very reminiscent of The Stand by Stephen King, the beginning portion of the novel introduces the origins of the Doom and the initial contamination that lead to its rapid spread. As the story moves along, the character’s paths begin to cross.
This novel has many very likable characters and the audio version did a great job with the various voices. The narrator really added a lot of fun and personality to the reading. While you get to know many of the characters in depth, Max and Lana are the two main characters who really push themselves into the forefront of the storyline. Prior to the Doom, Max was (and still is) an individual who practices witchcraft/magic. Once the Doom sets in, Lana, along with many others in the world, have suddenly discovered that they have various magical capabilities–some of which embrace the darker side of magic.
Things I loved:
– A lot of character depth
– Plot is driven by a very prophecy-like chain of events
– Captured the same plague-action as The Stand, without taking me 40 Audible hours to get through
– Has a great ending, not a true cliff-hanger, but leaves you looking forward to that second installment to see what is to come next
The one thing that threw me for a loop:
This novel was a very unique, yet odd mixture of post-apocalyptic, survivalist-type fiction and some pretty heavy fantasy. It may have just been me personally, but I would often get so into the on-the-road, survival action that I would forget that this was also a fantasy novel until someone whipped out their fairy wings or started flying into the air among black smoke… which almost always resulted in a quick eyebrow furrow as I had to remind myself of these powers that people are somehow acquiring after the onset of this epidemic. Since I was listening to an audiobook, which I do in short bursts while I am commuting, cooking, cleaning, etc… maybe this wouldn’t be the case if someone sat down and powered through this book in its physical form. But.. just my two cents on the genre “mash-up” here.
Overall… a really fun and interesting read. I was very partial to several characters and I feel like this trilogy has a lot of interesting events and action in store for readers.