5 out of 5 stars
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On Amazon.com HERE
Now, that's more like it! I loved this fourth episode in Frank Tayell's post apocalyptic world as much as the first one. In Unsafe Haven the story goes back to the beginning and a completely new set of characters - single mother Nilda, her thirteen year old son, Jay, and her neighbour Sebastian. To say any more would be to give the plot away, but suffice to say it's every bit as gripping as the original story about Bill.
We follow Nilda through her ideas and plans for survival and trying to get a community together, through the inevitable realisation of the hopelessness of it all, and her pain as she loses people. During this story we also get glimpses of another character, Chester.... and find out the identity of Sam, the man Bill was signalling from his window and who he thought had left him alone.
If you enjoy stories of survival against all odds as much as I do, you'll really like this, too, and I love the way all the stories and characters begin to tie up, all the individuals from the four books coming together. There are also a few thought provoking moments, about the nature of mankind and the question: is it just time for the species to end, and are all the survivors just clinging on to a metaphorical fast sinking ship? Can't wait to read book five!
Only one tiny annoyance: English people using American speak. For instance, saying they're operating 'out of' Anglesey, instead of 'from', and a middle-aged monk talking about being 'tasked' to do things. Made my pedantic side go grrr, but I suppose doesn't really matter that much - this makes no pretence at being great literature!
Book 1: London reviewed HERE
Book 2: Wasteland reviewed HERE
Book 3: Family reviewed HERE
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