For Nate Wilder, anxiety is nothing new. Regularly suffering from panic attacks triggered by news reports of world catastrophes, he can barely handle his everyday life even when, rationally, the events should not affect him. Nate becomes a prepper to help him cope with the anxiety, stocking a makeshift shelter.
So when nuclear disaster actually strikes home, Nate must employ truly heroic courage or fold to his fears. But in the aftermath of the bombs, it quickly becomes apparent that surviving the attack is just the beginning - there is far worse yet to come.
Wormwood is a taut, post-apocalyptic thriller told from the perspective of three main characters: flawed hero Nate; Jeanette, his beautifully flawed love interest; and Simon, the unstable leader of their survivor community.
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An interesting Post Apocalyptic read.
I didn't know what to expect when I first started listening to this but I didn't expect to enjoy it so much! It grabbed me from the start and didn't let go.
I'm not going to summarize it in case I inadvertently spoil something so I'll get right to my thoughts.
I always love reading about a flawed character, it makes it more relatable because in all honesty, nobody is perfect! Well Nate was an awesome character. He suffers from Panic attacks while reading and thinking about catastrophes in the news. He is almost paranoid in his thinking. The latest news isn't good and Nate has a feeling that things are going to be bad. He decides that he needs to get ready in case the worst does happen and becomes a prepper. Little does he know that he may just need to use his prepping skills!! As I said, I love flawed characters, and boy is he flawed. He is nervous, doesn't have any friends and is a quiet withdrawn man.
Jeanette is Nates' co-worker and secret crush. He has had a crush on her for ages but is too scared to ask her out. When the bombs drop Nate finds himself at work with Jeanette and has no choice but to take her to his bunker. I really liked her character too. She was a strong woman and a good partner for Nate.
The first half of the book deals with the fallout of the bombs and the struggles of Nate and Jeanette to survive in the bunker. I enjoyed the first half because we see both of the characters change and become stronger. Nate is no longer a shy guy but has had to become a leader of sorts. He takes control and makes sure both of them survive. I loved the character development and was rooting for Nate from the start.
Then we have the second half of the book. And boy what a second half!! Nate and Jeanette find other survivors and end up living with them. You would think this was better but with so many different types of people and an egotistical fanatic leading them, it's much worse!!
Anyway, I flew through this book and couldn't get enough. It's well written and developed. The plot was well thought out and executed. It's also plausible and quite frankly, kind of scary!! Each character is well written and the character development was phenomenal. Each character grew throughout the story, which I loved!!
In all, Wormwood was not only an action packed book, it's a story of surviving, of finding love, of being all you can be despite everything else. From it's interesting characters to it's engaging plot, this is a must read! I loved it and hope to see more from this world.
The audio of this was fantastic. Kevin Pierce brought the story to life and while listening to it, it played out like a movie in my head. He breathed life into each character and even made Simon more scary than he already was ;) Definitely a narrator to check out.
*Received in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife