Author: Traci L. Slatton
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Publish Date: July 12, 2012
Source: I received a copy from the PR; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a fiction fan.
- You're a dystopian fan.
From Goodreads.com: "As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test. One woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other. Will Emma stay with him?"
My Two Cents:
Fallen takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The book is set in France. A toxic mist that instantly kills anyone who comes into contact with it is killing so many people. People are spending their time running from the mists and trying to stay alive in a very chaotic world. I would be terrified to live in this world. The premise of the story was very interesting.
Emma's, the main character, family has been torn apart by the mists. She is with her younger daughter while she's wondering what happened to her husband and her older daughter and if they are even still alive. Meanwhile, she falls in love with Arthur, a man who is hiding a major secret. I really did not like the romance. Even though Emma seems to really fall for him, you almost feel that it's because they are two consenting adults in the middle of a bunch of chaos and not because they really have any sort of connection. I did not like Arthur at all. Even before the secret came out, I thought there was something a little off about him and I just never really warmed up to him so I was kind of happy when his secret was revealed.
I thought the premise of the mists was very interesting. Since it's obviously a big focus of the book, I spent a lot of time wondering about the mists, specifically wondering about things like how the mists were created because no one seems to really wonder in the book. I don't know if that was a product of people just being so terrified that they didn't bother to wonder about this. You finally do find out what happened but not until the very end and then its all at once. I thought it would have been interesting if you found out little by little. It would have kept me in the story a little bit more.
The story line is definitely inventive and very interesting. This is one of the few adult dystopian books that I've read recently and I would love to see more!
Bottom line: An interesting look at a future!
Fallen and its sequel, Cold Light are both out now.
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