St. Martin's Press
Science Fiction, Dystopian, Magic
A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…
It began on New Year’s Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
Wow! I just finished reading Year One by Nora Roberts and I’m in awe of her prodigious talent. It appears Ms. Roberts can do no wrong. I never would’ve pegged her as a writer of apocalyptic fiction, but she’s done it with her Chronicles of One series. AND YES, she absolutely excels at the dark and dangerous apocalyptic storytelling as much as she does with romance.
Year One takes the reader through the harrowing first year of life for the main characters following the decimation of over half of the world population. The story begins as the world ends. The reader gets a front row seat to the actions of the best and worst of the human species. The characters are forced into situations they never could have imagined. This allows them to discover what they are made of. You get a picture pretty quick of who is going to go bad in this situation. Throw in a bit of magick and the dramatic suspense level rises exponentially.
I thoroughly enjoyed the dark edge-of-your-seat journey for the characters as they search for a new home and a new family. After all, the disease that swept the world left no one untouched. Now, they must all put away the future expectations of the past and look forward with clear unfiltered eyes to find their new future. It was not hard to fall in love with these people. However, it was hard to lose some of them. I honestly thought I wouldn’t have to worry about crying when I opened Year One…I was wrong!
While Year Oneis apocalyptic science fiction there is plenty of love between the pages. There are romances already formed and some yet to be born. Please forgive the pun but it was magic watching these people live on love during the worst times imaginable.
Year One does a fantastic job of setting up what I’m certain will be an epic journey for the characters. I’m coming into the series late so I’m very excited to grab my copy of the second book Of Blood and Bone. However, I’m a bit sad I will then have to wait around 10 months for the third book in the series Rise of Magicks! Alas, I will survive. It is my pleasure to Joyfully Recommend Year One! I also want to give a shout out to my good friend Joy a la Joyfully Reviewed who sent me a signed copy of Year One!!