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The Smiling Sickness leaves people dead in a few days with a smile from ear to ear like they died doing something they loved. Before then - they are mysteriously gray and unknowingly passing the disease among family and friends. There are a few who have managed to come out of it without the sickness but having lost everyone they loved.
The virus in Fight To Survive was pretty well written. I'm usually someone who wants more about the disease and less about the preparedness (I love Bio-Thrillers), but I thought that Bowman gave me just enough to be curious without giving too much that I could shoot holes through. I love that the little girl knew the percentage of people it had killed off before anyone else did. I can't imagine what a world that lost 96% of its population would be like.
At first, all I could think is "oh no, is this going to be one of the stories where everyone is completely nice and they pick everyone up on their way to the lodge?" Thankfully, Bowman cut that out after the beginning (it was a nice set up to get everyone in one place though). It's hard with how many post-apocalyptic books for me to not find something I dislike - in Fight To Survive it might be just how quickly things hit the fan. I think that dealing with what was described would take a little while for people to even realize what was going on - let alone turn to the dark side. Sure, for the pacing of the book, it's totally understandable though.
Bowman did a nice job at creating characters that were unique to each other with their own strengths and weaknesses. I like that a "city girl" was thrown into the mix who wasn't familiar with guns, homesteading, or farming. It's not to throw a wild card into the fire like that because then it's not 5 people who know what they're doing against the world. It was also nice to see a bit of naivety shown by everyone in the group. Most of the time people just know what to do when everything falls apart but the reality is that most people would be scared to death and make mistakes.
Overall, Fight To Survive could be the start of a really interesting series. Adding Andrew Tell's narration - I'm betting that this series will surprise me.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It’s a great start to a new series. There was nothing terribly surprising about the story but it was enjoyable and kept me hooked. I definitely want more.
Really enjoyed the narration. Very well done.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I can't shake the feeling that I've seen this book as a movie,
I might be wrong and it might just be a similarity but it's not bad and a great book to just pick up and enjoy, have fun, I sure did and I hope that book 2 will continue on the same path.
I can easily recommend this series, the preference was done perfectly.
Lately authors work really hard to make Their books as complicated as possible so it's refreshing to find a series that is simple on the brain and just lets you relax and enjoy.
Yes on recommendation.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The Story was OK but a little predictable and felt like many other end of the world survival story, nothing new seemed to be brought to the table here to make it feel original. I was glad this was a short book and was tempted to stop reading part way through.
What will your next listen be?
The Rage War Series by Tim Lebbon and John Chancer after a recommendation.
Would you be willing to try another one of Andrew Tell’s performances?
Again, unfortunately not.
Andrew managed to make each character individual and voices could be easily decerned as to which character was supposed to be speaking but there was something in the way he read I just couldn't get on. It kind of felt like a surprised Captain Kirk was narrating this and I found it distracting.
Did Fight to Survive inspire you to do anything?
I'm afraid not.