This was a review copy kindly provided by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling read.
The author, Tyrell Johnson, breathes life and vitality into his characters, especially our heroine, with his prose and dialogue; he makes every single word count, nothing is overly written, and his clarity of writing marries beautifully with the sparsity of his setting. Johnson has created a terribly brutal but wonderfully visual and, almost, cinematic landscape for his characters to inhabit.
The story takes places in a post-apocalyptic world following years of wars between rival nations, nuclear strikes and a flu-like pandemic which has decimated the world’s population. The main protagonist and our heroine, Lynn (Gwendolyn), is a feisty young woman struggling with her family to survive in a frozen wilderness. Their harsh lives are thrown into chaos with the arrival of Jax, an enigmatic stranger. Who is he and what are his motives? And who are the group of men who arrive soon after?
Lynn soon finds herself in a world of confusion and danger as her isolated life spirals out of control.
The writing is sharp and crisp and the characters are colourful, well drawn and believable. The plot fizzes along terrifically as the tension and drama builds to a suitably rewarding and satisfying conclusion.
This is a novel to loose yourself in and to enjoy from the warmth of your fireplace as the action escalates in the icy landscapes of Lynn’s world.
One of my favourite reads of 2017. Bravo.