I didn’t know much about this story when I started it, other than it was a dystopian. I mean, look at that cover. It gives the potential reader the idea that this is going to be a wild ride of a story. HOW WRONG WAS I?! This book was downright boring.
“In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.
In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing–and their lives–forever.”
Here is the number one thing that bothered me about this book: There is ZERO sense of urgency. That’s right! There is NO danger in this book. This did not read like a dystopian, it read like a family trying to make a living after the Great Depression. There were no zombie-like creatures. There were no horrid wild animals trying to eat them. No crazy robots. NOTHING. People lived and carried on as if nothing was wrong, other than most of the population died from the flu. I kept waiting for something to happen but it never came. The entire story itself was all over the map. It was difficult to maintain interest when the story shifted from survival, to love story, to political rises without a lot of depth. Don’t for a love story where there is not one.
The characters were underdeveloped and incredibly immature. I did not like a single one of them. I didn’t care what happened to anyone or any thing. I wanted to throttle Stephen shortly after he is introduced. He cannot make up his mind what type of person he wants to be, or maybe that is just the fault of the author. First Stephen is passive and doesn’t want to cause waves, then he wants to be in charge and people take him seriously. You can’t have it both ways, slick. Either develop into what you want to be or stop being fake.
I cannot, and will not, ever recommend this book to anyone. It was a huge waste of my time to read. I was bored the entire way through. Everything about this was underdeveloped and not thought out. The plot didn’t make sense, the characters were maddening, and there was just no sense of danger. If you are going to write a dystopian, at least put some zombies or flesh eating monsters in to keep the reader interested. Please, avoid this book and read something else.