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It was hard to stop listening untilI finished. . I like how she works with just a few main characters in her book and you feel like you are with them as you are listening to the audiobook.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The Rolland family is flying to their fathers funeral. The whole family seems to be fighting and all of them are in separate parts of the plane. A few hours in, their plane starts falling out of the sky. Something that looks like a bomb falling is seen and next thing they know, they have crash landed. While trying to find each other, they are also running against the clock because radiation fallout is quickly closing in!!
This was a really good read. The plot was fast paced and intense. While it tells the whole struggling to survive in the aftermath of a nuclear bomb, it also focuses on the family drama that is the Rolland family. I liked that we get more than the average struggling to survive story! Character wise, there is quite a few, but all are well written. I liked getting to know them and also finding out about how the family came to be fighting. All are well developed and I hope we see more from them.
In all, this was a quick and entertaining read. I was drawn in from the first page and it held my attention till the end. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Andrew B. Wehrlen did a great job. He is easy to listen to and tells the story well. His inflections and cadences were spot on and he brought the book to life.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Such a pity that the information blurb is so fulsome as part of the immediate appeal of this book is the mystery of what is happening aboard red eye flight 24-68, from Seattle to Washington DC. Four members of the same family are on the flight, two brothers, one sister and her teenaged son. They are on their way to a memorial service, following the sudden heart attack of the father of the three siblings. The reader is aware from the opening sentences that their plane will crash but not why and it is the return to four hours previously which really draws the reader into the story as well as introducing most of the main protagonists.
As the blurb informs us, the tragedy that follows is not theirs alone as they are just a tiny part of a post apocalyptic story, one which is treated by the author with a semblance of reality unusual in such books. There is kindness still mixed into the need to survive as well as death and despair in the "desolate world, grey in colour." And joy. It also raises the questions of how possible it really is to plan for such disasters. Sensitively and beautifully written, there is no happy ending but there is still hope.
The narration in such a book is even more important than in most, and Andrew Wehrlen's performance slips into perfect synchronicity with the text. A brisk pace, with expressively good intonation and individual, fitting voices for each of the characters helps not only to further breath life into all of the protagonists but also carries the story forward powerfully with emotion but never over-the-top hysteria. His reading is a perfect fit for the whole tone of the book.
I was very fortunate in being gifted a complimentary copy of What Tomorrow Brings, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I had not previously encountered any other books by Ms.Druga but will certainly be looking out for others now. This is a book I can warmly recommend not only to readers of post apocalyptic novels but to all interested in people and their reactions within families and under duress. A masterful audio book.
On the whole I enjoyed this book. Quite a few twists in the plot. But i think a lot more could have been done with the story. Example,Two very ill people (radation poisoned) went from Colorado to Washington to Spokane. Nothing in the middle. In a country where little works no plot. But if in someways a simple story, it was good. I would like to see a sequel. Very good narration. A good voice.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."