Toni L. H. Boughton
on Aug. 12, 2014 :
There are great YA novels out there that can pull off an apocalypse, dystopia, or TEOTWAWKI so well that it crosses all age barriers. This is not one.
'Land' follows a group of Canadian teenagers, visiting California when an EMP sends North America back to the Stone Age, on their journey home. For a novel about a trip through a drastically changed world, there was no tension at all. By the most amazing luck the teens have a grown-up with them that, when things go bad at the very beginning of the book, turns out to be a Prepper. This woman instantly knows what's going on, tells the teens that government can't help them now, and sends them on their merry way. You have to admire the author for skipping any obstacle to getting straight to the non-existent action.
I never felt at any point that the teens were in any real danger. First off the bat, they manage to acquire a ton of supplies. They bike for miles without much of a problem, trailing carriers that are loaded with food and equipment, even though there was not much indicated about the characters that showed they could handle such punishing travel. A couple of days into their trip the teens discuss how hard the next part will be to traverse by bike. Voila! The next day they come across a dying old man who tells them to take his vehicles, which still run due to their lack of electronics. Of course the old man has tons of food for them to take, too. They get captured by a biker gang. Of course they all escape, kill some bad guys, rescue some kids, burn down a drug warehouse, get the kids back to their town and then kill some more bad guys. Right in front of the sheriff of the town, who evidently was unable to pull his gun and join in the killing spree. One of the teens gets shot, later in the story. Will he pull through? Do you even need me to answer that? I seriously lost it when the teens make it to the Canadian border, where they have a run-in with an incompetent guard. Of course the teens get the guard to step down, get cheered by the other guards, and then start telling the border guards how to process the mass of citizens waiting to cross into Canada.
Is there nothing this group can't do? And let's not even start on the casual misogyny. The girls in the group do almost all of the cooking, and spend their time in the motor home they got from the old man baking. The guys give orders, plan the trip, and fix vehicles. Wow.
When more detail is is told about how potatoes are cooked over a fire than how badly things are falling apart, that's a sure sign to pass on this book.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 27, 2012 :
This book is well written. The characters are well developed and the story line pulls the reader along at a comfortable pace with no dead spots. I loved the novel and couldn't put it down until I reached the last page...and such a disappointment! The novel is completely unfinished! There is no "end" of the story or resolution whatsoever. The reader is left completely caught by surprise. I thought my e-reader was malfunctioning. Then I thought I just needed to go back to Smashwords and purchase the next novel in the series but there isn't one! How disappointing.. In my opinion, Theresa should have waited to publish this until she had written the rest of the novel. My rating for this book goes from a five to a three for being incomplete.
(reviewed the day of purchase)