Devastation: Built on Fear 1

Rated 4.75/5 based on 9 reviews
Devastated by a seemingly unforeseeable attack, America is shattered by a military that is the least likely of suspects. In the aftermath, American civilians are left to run, hide, die or fight, pushing through all weakness in their effort to stay alive. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465739896
About Shandy L. Kurth

Shandy L. Kurth is a writer of Young Adult fiction. She is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She was born and raised in Kanas and lives and writes there with her husband.

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Review by: julie barrett on Dec. 04, 2012 :
Devastation by Shandy Kurth
The Marquerings: starving and Fallon can't wait for things to get back to normal. His mother and sister live there also. His mother urges him to go with his sister and find the army as they can feed them.
The Flories: Emery and her brother lived in the basement-where their mother left them, just about out of food.
Desiree Baldi hid in a storm drain pipe in shock remembering the disfigurement of her father. Like how she uses phrases from the Bible to get her through her journey.
Guy Gallagher is with the Canadian army and has been told to just find those who can walk on their own. When he finds an injured woman he has to leave her behind...
The first two groups of kids do meet and travel together to WVA after the escaping the bombing.
Love how the story goes from group to group and what's happening at the same time from their area.
Fascinating part to me is that some of them have traveled through Ohio, towns I know because relatives live there.
Love where they get their ideas from and put them to good use. Difficult at times to see how they are suffering but it's almost like they were trained to take care of themselves with what they find. Even what we would think is a useless they find a worthwhile use for.
Some get captured and are brainwashed and work in the medical tent, some packaging foods from the troops. Tough to see what they go through to survive.
Throughout the book some are praying, others have given up on being saved from God but after a time they are all praying in their own way, they believe in God again and he will help see them through this til they reach the safe zone.
Glad there is another, if not several others.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Scearce on Sep. 21, 2012 :
Disclaimer: I was given an e-book copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

"Devastation" is set in 2032, and it follows a group of kids and a soldier as they try to escape from the war raging around them, a war between the U.S. and a very unlikely foe. Some of the children are related, and they are trying to save what little family they have left; others meet each other along the way and work to protect one another from the hazards of war, the elements, and just plain dehydration and exhaustion.

This book really pulled me in. As an American, I kept trying to put myself in the children's shoes, asking, "What would I do if this really happened?" (Answer: Probably die.) The opposing country is somewhat out of left field (for me anyway), but I think that really added to the story, just the simple fact that a country many Americans wouldn't dream of going to war with is attacking the U.S., and winning. Aside from that aspect, the relationships between the characters was very life-like, as they're just kids (the oldest is seventeen) trying to stay alive and help one another get to The Safe Zone in the South.

Meanwhile, we also get the perspective of a soldier from the opposing army, who is starting to wonder whether or not his side is right. His inner dilemma was very intriguing for me, as I know several soldiers who are overseas now, and they've often discussed feeling that dichotomy between what your country's asked of you and how you truly feel about the situation around you.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian stories, thrillers, action/adventure, and/or anybody who just wants to know who the other country is and why they've declared war against the U.S.!

5 stars, and I can't wait for "Isolation," the continuation of this dynamic story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: melissa gott on May 28, 2012 :
Devastation by Shandy L Kurth ~ Review


Rating: 4 stars! ****

Imagine a world where all your rights were taken away. I mean EVERYTHING. Houses, streets, towns, leveled by bombs. Ghost towns, lack of food, water, sort of like a modern day invasion apocalyptic style. Invaded by an unsuspecting country, forced to denounce everything you've ever known, for the "New Government" or face certain death. Fallon, Sandi, Emery, Conner, Desiree and Guy. Their stories enter twined with each others, all headed south to the US Army to be FREE. There is one heart stopping moment very time you turn a page. You were right there in the action, feeling the pain, heartbreak, suffering, ultimate Devastation. What were they survivors willing to do to stay alive, you will have to read this book to find out.

Though it is not normally my style of book, I always keep an open mind when reading as you never know where the story takes you. Devastation definitely had no lack of story line as it kept me on my toes from cover to cover. The way the stories of the Characters paths crossed, the journey they took through the whole book was amazing. It was just the right amount of information, to keep you guessing and wondering what next?!

In closing: Shandy L Kurth did a excellent job writing Devastation. It is the first book in the Built on Fear Series. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. I was glad we got a chance to read and write a review! I have included the link to the Authors page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Shandy-L-Kurth/112882395460694

Best Wishes
Melissa
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: melissa gott on May 28, 2012 :
Devastation by Shandy L Kurth ~ Review


Rating: 4 stars! ****

Imagine a world where all your rights were taken away. I mean EVERYTHING. Houses, streets, towns, leveled by bombs. Ghost towns, lack of food, water, sort of like a modern day invasion apocalyptic style. Invaded by an unsuspecting country, forced to denounce everything you've ever known, for the "New Government" or face certain death. Fallon, Sandi, Emery, Conner, Desiree and Guy. Their stories enter twined with each others, all headed south to the US Army to be FREE. There is one heart stopping moment very time you turn a page. You were right there in the action, feeling the pain, heartbreak, suffering, ultimate Devastation. What were they survivors willing to do to stay alive, you will have to read this book to find out.

Though it is not normally my style of book, I always keep an open mind when reading as you never know where the story takes you. Devastation definitely had no lack of story line as it kept me on my toes from cover to cover. The way the stories of the Characters paths crossed, the journey they took through the whole book was amazing. It was just the right amount of information, to keep you guessing and wondering what next?!

In closing: Shandy L Kurth did a excellent job writing Devastation. It is the first book in the Built on Fear Series. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. I was glad we got a chance to read and write a review! I have included the link to the Authors page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Shandy-L-Kurth/112882395460694

Best Wishes
Melissa
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ashley Wood on May 23, 2012 :
This wasn't my type of genre but I figured I would go ahead and give it a try since I needed something new to read. I'm glad I did. It had me gripping on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen to all Fallon,Emery, their siblings, and everyone. I'm glad I stuck around for the end it was epic. Loved this book. Can't wait for the second and I think Dystopian is now one of my favorite Genres.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Laura Young on March 03, 2012 :
Title: Devastation (Built On Fear 1)
Author: Shandy L. Kurth
Released date: December 14th 2011
Page count: 264
Genre: Young Adult, dystopia
My rating: 5/5 stars


The Review:
So recently I was introduced to this genre and have been finding more and more. Some how I managed to never read a book with this dystopia as their main theme. There were many characters and here's something to know don't grow attached to a group very much. Something I figured out also she has no problems killing off characters. She twisted words around so you eventually were trying to figure out who the good guys were, or rather there were any.
Now I can't wait to read the second book and will be waiting for it to come! :D
This was the first thing that came to my mind.
20% Okay this is what I expected.
50% Oh snap!
80% What the crap?
100% Happy ending.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Weaver on Jan. 08, 2012 :
I was very excited to read this book and thankfully I was not disappointed! I love Dystopian books and Shandy L. Kurth's "Devastation: Built on Fear 1" is perfect for you if you also like Dystopian books. I will not be giving away any of the book in my review, but I will say that I loved who the enemy was in this book (a very nice change of pace). I'm waiting impatiently for Part 2 to be released.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Weaver on Jan. 08, 2012 : (no rating)
I was very excited to read this book and thankfully I was not disappointed! I love Dystopian books and Shandy L. Kurth's "Devastation: Built on Fear 1" is perfect for you if you also like Dystopian books. I will not be giving away any of the book in my review, but I will say that I loved who the enemy was in this book (a very nice change of pace). I'm waiting impatiently for Part 2 to be released.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: k m on Jan. 02, 2012 :
What would happen if the United States were to be attacked? We aren't really sure. Shandy L Kurth spins the story in a realistic yet futuristic way. From the very beginning you are attached to the main characters. You feel their pain. They feel the way you might feel in the same circumstances. The forefront of this book is well established with descriptions of the character’s normal lives before the downfall but the action is immediate and continuous throughout the entire book. It is easy to relate, however; Kurth introduces alternative means of fuel, unnerving laws, and a terrifying enemy just to spice up the adventure. A bad guy turns good, and a good guy lives on the edge of good and evil. The little guy wins, the little guy loses. Unsuspected heroes will emerge, and courageous heroes will fall. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster.
The unique way this book is written (in sections according to set of characters as apposed to one fluid story), really holds your attention. You constantly want to finish this portion so you can go back and pick up where the others left off. It's gripping, insightful, exciting and it leaves you wanting more. This book is unique, it's clever, and it’s an easy quick read. I think that this book is a great choice for any age reader and I can't wait to see more from this young upcoming author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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