The Great Mother

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
The world was stopped cold by an invisible killer. As far as she knows, everyone else is dead. And yet, something makes her feet move forward, something inside makes her eat, something keeps her going until all at once, she learns that she is not alone. Once she wakes up from the numbness and haze, she opens her eyes as a new woman in a new world that needs her. More
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Words: 115,570
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310915031
About Beth Reason

I love to try new ways to create things. However, writing is the only thing I always come back to. Life interrupted my path several times, until finally my family said to bite the bullet and give this scary "putting myself out there" thing a try.

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Review by: James Jenkins on May 10, 2015 :
For me this story started a slow, bumpy and boring. Some of the gross scenes were overly rehashed. Much (but not all) of the survivalist scenarios were unrealistic (i.e. Phil never gets out of the barn).

BUT that is just background for the real story which is about a woman who starts with nothing and forges civilization of the remains of disaster. I found Mother to be a strong and believable character with a realistic personality.

I have read stories in the past where a "Mother" rules some segment of the world, with all the best qualities, but they all begin years after she has taken the reins, the back story is always fuzzy. This is the first time I have read a work that describes "Mothers" rise from nothing. Setting aside issues of probability/reality in the world Mother lives in, her journey is well told and engaging.
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Review by: Mary Blackwell on June 06, 2014 :
The story starts with one solitary person coming to terms with being alone. We know little about her or what has happened. Initially I wondered if I could get into this book because what I love about post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds is the interaction and character development BUT within pages, the main character develops, questioning, learning and planning.

What makes this very special for a free book is that it is so well constructed that the pages flow by, both because of the writing style (believable, developing characters & a story plot that keeps you guessing) and there being no typos, mis-uses of words or mistakes in grammar.

I loved this book enormously and wish I knew what would happen next, what Mother's past is & how it will impact on the future and how other significant characters will develop too.
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Review by: Leah Lane on May 25, 2014 :
I am a big fan of post-apocalyptic books but sometimes the writing can be a bit dodgy. Not this one - excellent story, interesting characterisation and it wrapped up nicely while still leaving a bit more to tell (hate cliff-hangers for no point). Will definitely be reading more of this author.
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Review by: Coconut83 on May 22, 2014 :
Heart-wrenching, horrifying, and more truthful than many apocalyptic stories dare to be. Loved the main characters, their interaction, their personalities. Love how the author keeps the whole truth in the dark, but still hints at how important the characters' pasts could really be. Also, of course, foreshadowing some chilling events that will be HOPEFULLY discovered soon... tell me there's going to be another one!
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Review by: mindfeathers on April 15, 2014 :
An excellently crafted tale! Well written and has a great storyline. As a rule I dislike dystopian fiction since it is all pretty much from one bottle of disasters, but this one is definitely different and very well worth the read!

No real detractions to speak of. Writing and editing are on point throughout and the book is well done and enjoyable.

I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series!
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Review by: Hollow-Point Publishing on April 05, 2014 :
I loved your trilogy series, and this book sounds awesome. Can't wait to read it this weekend.
Love dystopian books.
Thanks!
Keep up the good work.
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