by Traci L. Slatton
When the world ends, all that is left is love….
As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test. One woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other. Will Emma stay with him? The first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times.
Fallen is set in a post-apocalyptic world where death-dealing mists create chaos amongst survivors. Emma leads a group of young survivors through the remnants of a world they use to know in hopes of finding a safe zone. During a narrow escape with the mists, they encounter a group of men that joins their camp with the hopes that their situation will improve. It seems as though their prayers are finally answered and they are safe at last… or are they.
It's a well-known fact that I love disaster movies - I think it has something to do with the way the survivors handle surviving. I love disaster/post-apocalyptic books even more, books like Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, On the Beach, by Nevil Shute, The Stand, by Stephen King, Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham, The Moon Men, by Edgar Rice Burroughs . . . now I can add Fallen to the list.
This book grabs you from the very beginning and only reluctantly lets you go at the end. Emma and her young daughter Mandy have been separated from the rest of their family by a very unnatural, world-wide disaster - a lethal mist that seems to come out of nowhere seeking metals to ingest, even the metals in humans.
One of the side effects of the mysterious mist that's enveloped the world - killing some people outright and sending others into madness - it the development of psychic abilities. Young Mandy is able to see shadows of those who lived before. Emma can heal with a touch. Others have even more amazing abilities.
We see this story through Emma's eyes and she doesn't pull any punches. When she first meets Arthur, she does what she needs to survive. As time goes by however, she becomes closer to Arthur than she ever expected. I love Emma, she is strong and determined, and not afraid to do what needs to be done. Though I think she should have shared her secret with Arthur sooner, it's not anything they couldn't overcome. Arthur's secret, however, is a different story. Although he did warn her in the very beginning: "I'm not . . . not a good bet. I've done things."
I'm not going to go into too much detail here, because I really want to encourage everyone to buy their own copy and read for themselves. I read this book slowly, which is very unusual for me, because it's so rich in detail that I didn't want to miss a thing, but at the same time it never stops moving, it's packed full of action. And while the descriptions of the fighting are vivid, they're never overly graphic - there's never the gratuitous gore you find in so many post-apocalyptic novels.
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