The Survivor Chronicles: Book 1, The Upheaval

Rated 4.73/5 based on 15 reviews
The first tremors of the earth were felt at 7:22 EST.

Every single person felt the rumbling and experienced the terror that forever altered the course of history.

Most did not survive. These are the accounts of some of those who did.

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About Erica Stevens

Erica Stevens is the author of the Captive Series, Coven Series, Kindred Series, Fire & Ice Series, Ravening Series, and the Survivor Chronicles. She enjoys writing young adult, new adult, romance, horror, and science fiction. She also writes adult paranormal romance and historical romance under the pen name, Brenda K. Davies. When not out with friends and family, she is at home with her husband, son, dog, cat, and horse.

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Ronda Radovick reviewed on Feb. 9, 2020

Good story. I had to keep reading to know where the characters would go next and what would befall them. Looking forward to reading more of this series.
(review of free book)
Jennifer Howell reviewed on March 19, 2019

I’ve had this in my library for a long time, and I don’t know why I didn’t read it before. However, recently I read the whole book and quickly. I couldn’t put it down, so to speak. It was very entertaining, and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. It’s not your typical end of the world apocalypse, and I was glad for it. This story is solely based on the survivors. If your wondering why it happen, you’re not going to get an answer anytime soon, at least not in this book, and it is one of the reasons why I bought the next book.
My rating for this book is A / 4 stars. I only have a few complaints, nothing major, and I shouldn’t complain about a free book, so, not really complaints. However, I would have liked a little more information on what was causing the earthquakes, floods, and lava flow. She doesn’t say, and it does bother me a little, but the story is extremely good, and I already love the characters.
My other problem was there was no warning signs of the “Whatever is happening”. With today’s technology, even back in 2012, I think the scientists would have had some little warnings, and it would have been announced on the TV or radios that something major was going to happen.
My other complaint is the sentencing. Now I’m no grammar police, very far from it, so please, maybe it’s just me. However, some of the sentences seem to run together as if there seems to be no separation from one person to the next. Which sometimes made it hard to tell who was talking or thinking. It’s a little strange. However, the story is extremely good that one doesn’t seem to notice too much. Of course, maybe it’s the way the story loaded to the Smashwords website too, but I don’t know.

Overall, I really liked this story, and I did get book 2. I plan on getting all the books, because that is how much I enjoyed this story. I can’t wait to read the next ones. Very well done.
(reviewed 5 years after purchase)
Sherzahd reviewed on Jan. 10, 2015

I stumbled upon this by accident - the cover of 'Book 4' caught my eye and I decided to sample the first book. I could not stop reading until the very last page.

Well written start to the series by a writer who clearly has an imagination as deep and dark as an abyss straight out of the story. Her characters are interesting and well fleshed out, which endears you to every one of them. The dialogue is real - each true to its character. It's not easy to find humour while dragging your characters through the outskirts of Hell, but this writer does it both expertly and shamelessly. I particularly enjoyed how she lulls the reader, only to unleash yet another catastrophe for her survivors to endure. This story holds true to the adage, 'Never a dull moment'.

Whilst I did pick up on a number of grammatical and spelling errors, they are forgivable as they did not distract me from the story.
(review of free book)
Stormy Summers reviewed on July 13, 2013
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The characters are well developed and engaging, quickly capturing the reader's attention and sympathy. And the story line is exciting; you read on because you know there's yet another surprise in store, and can't wait to see what it will be!

However, this book is an example of one that would have benefited from the services of an editor. Punctuation is weak, and there are far too many instances of improper word usage ("you're" instead of "your", "to" instead of "too", etc.) I encourage the Author to continue writing, but little things like these will irritate many readers and can keep a great story (which this one is!) from reaching its potential.
(review of free book)
Philip R Benge reviewed on July 11, 2013

A very good story, I will certainly read the future installments.
(review of free book)
Melissa White reviewed on June 10, 2013

I was amazed at these books. I am an ad vide reader and was half way through the book before I realized it. Can't wait for more books from this author. Keep up the great job Erica.
(review of free book)
Darrell Candis reviewed on June 8, 2013

A real page turner! I really like the way that the stars of the story were developed as well as the supporting cast, which prevents the story from becoming bogged down. The desperation of their situations is expertly told. Only the presence of a couple of grammatical errors prevent this from being 5 stars. So, it gets a 4.95.
(review of free book)
kayl reviewed on June 6, 2013

I happened upon this book by accident. The premise looked interesting so I dove in. And I didn't stop reading until I finished it, an "all-nighter". This book grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. It is a non-stop heart-pounding ride at 100 MPH from start to finish. But don't let that description fool you into thinking it's all action and no characterization, quite the opposite. The author manages to flesh out her characters nicely without letting up on the momentum. You come to care about these people and their situation. Each brings their own style, voice, and sometimes humor, to the deadly world they find themselves in. This book is a must read.
(review of free book)
David Huckins reviewed on June 6, 2013

Very exciting book. A real page turner. I couldn't stop reading it until I was finished. Well written and action-filled.
(review of free book)
Jason Daunhauer reviewed on May 21, 2013

Excellent read! I came upon this series about mid-way through the book, once I caught up to the serial releases I found myself pulling my hair out waiting for next Monday. In short, this book has a great storyline with well thought ideas and the author's descriptions are detailed. I'm reading the second book now as it comes out every Monday. Great series!
(review of free book)

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