on April 21, 2013 :
Canada overthrew the USA, leaving it in shambles. The American survivors have banded with the military to create safe zones and to attempt to rebuild civilization even as the war continues. In the prequel, Devastation, we followed a group of characters, real people, as they fought to survive overwhelming obstacles to reach safety.
And they’re back.
Isolation takes us back into this dystopia where America is in ruins. It brings us right to the characters we’ve fallen in love with in the first book, and shows us that even after reaching the Safe Zone, life isn’t so easy, and actually quite perilous.
Shandy has done it again. She has a talent at putting you on the edge of your seat, making you yearn for more. She weaves a world of confusion and terror so brilliantly that you feel the emotion evoked by the characters. I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to her other work. I will also note that I read it in under a day; it was that good.
Isolation was a group of connected short stories thrown together. Don’t get me wrong; the individual stories were intense, but each character set had their own plot to follow without a big overall story. I’m sure just surviving in this world was the notion, but this doesn’t sit well with me. The book follows numerous characters, and bounces POV enough to make your head spin. Shandy does it well, but it’s not something I prefer.
Some other minor irritants were lack of description of surroundings except during intense, action-packed scenes, location shifts were rough and often just not well done, the dialog structure sometimes just wasn’t believable with a single character speaking both formal and informal in the same paragraph, and then some grammatical and syntax issues—all minor and some possibly related to eBook formatting problems with the copy I have.
My Final Thoughts:
As with the first book, Shandy kept me reading until the very end. This is a series that people should read. I mean it. Despite my quips about it, I really enjoy the world she created, and have grown to love the characters. I do recommend reading Devastation first for the ease of understanding the references in Isolation. Just remember that when you get to Isolation, it’s more of numerous short stories in one with a common clause of survival in the same land and you’ll do just fine.
Read it. Love it.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Jan. 1, 2013 :
Disclaimer: I was given an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I just LOVE this series! Between the characters and all their struggles to the idea of America being at war with Canada, of all countries, these books have really pulled me in. New characters are introduced in this installment, and some familiar characters go through harrowing events. There are budding relationships, separations, and treks to find loved ones, both family and friends. To say this story pulls at your emotions is a bit of an understatement: I was almost screaming at the book in certain places (if I hadn't been at work I probably would have), and I had tears of joy as well as tears of sadness.
I definitely need the next one ASAP, because I feel left hanging by the ending, and I just want more of Fallon and Des and everybody else. =)
5 stars (because that's as high as the rating goes)
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)