Publishing Date: August 2014
Publisher Description: Separated from their parents by a nuclear blast, eight kids must work together to survive. Liam’s Promise is the first of six books in The Doomsday Kids series
Review: First of six books in a series you say? Better change the cover art to follow a theme if you’re planning a series. Presently it is reminiscent of a Twilight movie poster.
This was a very compelling post-apocalyptic survival novel. Kind of a cross between “The Road” and Rawles “Patriots” series. Where Rawles novel has quite a bit of factual detail concerning survival after a cataclysmic event, Doomsday Kids is more about telling a particular story about some kids as they make their way to a Mountain retreat.
As the author was attempting to entertain the reader, there were some fall downs here and there with survival tactics related to poor choices. Yet the author makes it clear that there are distinct options that may improve their collective chances at survival. It becomes quickly evident that any poor choices that are made, no matter how minor, have lasting ramifications on their chances of surviving through the exodus. Poor choices in route selection lead to capture by a band of surviving adults. The kids manage to over-power and out-smart this group of killers using a child’s scream as a diversion. Not buying it. What’s weird is that there is no ensuing chase after the kids when the killers have atv’s and AR-15’s. There is also the starving bear attack scene which is fairly unbelievable. If a bear attacks a group of people, most, if not all of the people will be maimed or killed. So they decide to eat the bear and string it up in the middle of a cement railway tunnel. How are a group of starving kids going to hoist a 225-300 lb black bear up in the air in order to gut and skin it? Where is the attachment point at the top of a tunnel. Who went up there to do it? The author kind of glosses over a lot of details that I feel are pertinent to the story lines credibility.
The characters have fairly good development but I ended up not really caring about them too much. Sad backstories just don’t get you sympathizing with them as their current behavior is mostly combative and self-centered. The only ones you like are the 10 year olds that continue to have trusting mentalities. The author used the word “muttered” over 69 times in this novel in order to expedite the scenes. This was a big fail in a novel that was not that long.
I will probably get the next in the series to see where this story-line and plot go. It has good movement coupled with scene development. The flow of the novel is pretty good. Needs a good editor that won’t blow smoke up the author’s ass about the realities of survival. Really, a 10 year old girl walking 100-200 miles while starving and sick with a mental disability. Riiiight.