• Beyond the Inferno

  • By: S Butler
  • Narrated by: Erin Rieman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-30-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Shannon Butler
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The world is dark, silent except for the crackling of flames that consume the remains of what was once Chicago.
©2016 Shannon Butler (P)2017 Shannon Butler
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3 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 09-25-17

Good Premise, Missed a Bit on Execution

2.75 out of 5 stars

The world basically ended and no one remembers it. Except for one person. This person happens to remember when the bombs fell and remembered when she was bitten by one of the monsters that were created. The only downfall is that she cannot remember anything from before. She has no idea what he name is or who she was before the bombs scorched Chicago to the ground.

The premise of this story had me really excited. Also, the narrator (who, I believe is the daughter of one of my favorite authors Richard Rieman). I was so excited for this book. Sadly, it let me down quite a bit.

The story itself could have been a really good one and anytime I thought it was about to get really good the scene would end and things would just “workout” for the characters. I won’t go into all the details, but I will summarize how I felt about the entire book. It felt too easy. Travelling from A-B in a post-apocalyptic world is nearly impossible, yet they made it from Boston to Nashville, and then Nashville to Atlanta without an issue. They were let into super secure buildings with barely a question asked. They met one of the most powerful people left in the world by knocking on her door. Things were too easy for a post-apocalyptic world that was brought down by an insane virus followed by bombs and fire.

I really don’t like being negative towards the book. I know that authors spend a long time writing what they feel is the perfect story. With Beyond The Inferno — things felt really rushed through the whole book. It felt like Butler was worried that she was going to lose her audience if she wrote about the journey instead of the destination. There were just some parts of the book that could have been described better or written out a little bit more that could have improved the book a little. And then adding some drama/issues along the way. Nothing goes as expected on a normal trip, but add in The Revenant and other issues — the journeys should have been harder. Trust should come at a cost. People should be scared of new and different things.

The things that I liked about the book was the premise of the story. And even towards the end, just how the whole thing started was awesome. I just wish that it was explained more and with more detail.

I think I could have forgiven more in this book had I known it was written for a YA audience OR if the main characters were all under 20. But they weren’t. They were people close to my age and they acted like they were 15 and going out on their own for the first time.

The thing is — I didn’t hate everything about the book. It’s definitely better than a 1 or a 2, but if Butler were to re-write this book (or take any of my suggestions into her next book) I would be willing to check it out. I think that once Butler hones in on her writing skill in the post-apocalyptic genre that she will be just fine. The other issue that comes into play is that I read a ton of PA books. I’ve probably read more than 50 in 2017 alone. So, I’m comparing the struggles (or lack of) to other books that I’ve read and they just weren’t equal.

Overall, a hit-or-miss book. I think if you’re a YA fan, you might like it. If you’re a hardcore PA fan like I am — I’m not sure what to tell you. Check it out and let me know!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook - it has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed it please vote for it. If you'd like to see more like it check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

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5 out of 5 stars
By mandy on 09-18-17

slow building but really good!

I agree with some of the other reviews that this story was a bit slow building but I really enjoyed it! This was a really interesting post-apocalyptic story. I love a good amnesia story line and really enjoyed this one! Narration was perfect for this story!

**audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review**

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3 out of 5 stars
By C. Rowlands on 10-07-17

Interesting premise that didn't quite work

When I first read about this book, I was interested in the simple twist it had on a zombie post-apocalyptic novel by focusing on the time period after the zombies have mostly been killed off.

However, I don't think that the author quite manage to make this premise interesting enough to sustain the novel fully and indeed switched the focus onto a love triangle that really didn't grab my attention. I think that most people are too used to the world in post-apocalyptic novels generally being so difficult to survive in that things just seemed a little too easy for the main characters in this book, particularly the convenience of finding particular people at various stages of the story.

I am not familiar with the narrator of this book, but found her performance to be a strong one that improved my overall impression of the book, her voices for the supporting cast were distinct enough without being too obtrusive and her voice of the main character was an enjoyable one.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and the narration of it, but was a little disappointed in the eventual focus of it.

[Note - This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.]

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