(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Fiction dealing with natural disasters and their aftermath isn’t something that’s rare, though it’s not as common as, say, zombies. So when I read books like this one, the uniqueness often comes from the characters and the way they deal with the situations they find themselves in.
I found Erika to be quite an interesting character. Although I felt there was a bit too much plot convenience (her skills were only revealed when it was crucial to the plot), I still did like her. She had a realistic goal to work towards and I really cared about her being able to be reunited with her family.
I also particularly liked Erika’s relationship with Star. There’s something particularly sweet about people choosing to adopt children who have been orphaned in a situation like that, since a lot of people would only look out for themselves.
I did feel that the author did a good job of showing the different attitudes of people after what had happened. I did have some confusion with various characters who merged together at times, but I felt the danger they faced came across as real and I truly cared about what happened to them – though, at first, it did seem as if Erika was more concerned about her husband’s safety than her son’s.
I would probably read the next books in this series at some point, as well as check out other books by this author.