Year One

Year One

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"A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author--an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives... It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250122957
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Year 1


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May 05, 2018

Wasn't sure about this book but I pushed on. Caught my interest and now can't wait for the next in the series!
When is book 2 available?

JCLTraciM Apr 30, 2018

I was not sure about this new trilogy from Nora Roberts. It took me a couple stops and starts to really get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Definitely not for everyone. I felt the last third of the book was a little rushed and clearly a setup for the books to come. If you're a fan of older series like Chesapeake Bay or In the Garden, you might want to give this new series, Chronicles of the One, a pass or at least be warned that this is not a nice, contemporary love story. I can't say that Year One is a favorite, but it was intriguing enough that I'm looking forward to the books to come.

Apr 26, 2018

A real change for Nora Roberts. Engaging and entertaining...can't wait for the next book!

Apr 08, 2018

This was a surprising read from Nora Roberts & I loved it. Is there more to come????

Apr 08, 2018

scary, I look for romance in her books so was disappointed with story line, occult, witchcraft, etc. After a few pages, the end for me

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2018

This was my first Nora Roberts book and I can see why it was compared to The Stand by Stephen King but it's a bit stranger than The Stand, and also not quite as good. Lots of characters, and neat magic, but it seems a little too pat.....Just read The Stand.

Mar 12, 2018

I usually really really like Nora Roberts books. However, stopped half way with this one. Can't be bothered to finish it. This was one of only a handful of books I have ever stopped reading midway. Too bad.

Mar 09, 2018

Meh. As another review mentioned; way too much damsel in distress that gets saved just in time by an Alpha male. I thought the middle of the book was better than either the beginning or ending.

Feb 19, 2018

Stopped reading Nora Roberts years ago, her books seemed to be the same with only name changes. Don't know why I picked this one up, but glad I did. Can't wait for #2.

Feb 14, 2018

I'm a huge fan of fantasy and post apocalyptic novels, but I have little experience with romance novels and no experience with Nora Roberts, so I have a hard time judging the book too harshly. I enjoyed the casual view of societal collapse due to a mystical virus that wipes out most of humanity in a matter of weeks. I wasn't expecting the brutality of a dark tome like King's 'The Stand', but it was surprisingly bloody. I also enjoyed a lot of subtle survival horror elements of Arlys's and Max's bands of survivors.

I didn't enjoy the random change in direction the plot takes around 4/5ths of the way in. It's as if the conjoining story that the author built towards was abandoned for a new plot. I also thought the villains were a bit shallow. Without spoiling, one group just ups and become villains with no real reason given. The other group congeals in a way that you could see coming, but the initial 'big baddies' just sort of take a hard turn towards villainy without an explanation. Strangely, the two villain groups hold diametrically opposing ideologies, yet they end up working together for a purpose that blends prophecy and petty revenge. All that said, I can't judge the book too harshly because of those minor foibles. Especially keeping in mind it's a mash between romance and fantasy with a bit of horror, but the book begins with a stronger than expected dose of horror that putters out 1/4th of the way in.

The last criticism I tried to ignore but has become increasingly difficult to shake off. The characters were woefully stereotypical and not very diverse. The heroes are a-typical alpha males who know it all and can do it all. The primary female character is a damsel in distress that constantly requires rescue or guidance from one of the alpha males. The very few characters of color seem sprinkled in purely for the purpose of slipping in a few jokes and filler. It feels harsh to criticize for things that only up until very recently were accepted standards in speculative fiction, but this was written recently. From a modern lens it's hard to ignore.
Overall: An OK read with a few flaws. I wouldn't recommend for those strictly reading for its fantasy or dystopia elements. If you are looking for light reading this might do, but it just wasn't for me.

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