Review: Journal of the Plague Year An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Tales

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Publisher: Rebellion
Publishing Date: August 2014
ISBN: 9781781082461
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 2.5/5

Publisher Description: WHEN THE WORLD ENDED…
The Cull swept the world in the early years of the twenty-first century, killing billions and ending civilization as we know it. Only a fortunate few, blessed with the right blood, were spared. But in times of need, heroes rise. Leaders, soldiers, rebels – even children – take a stand, to hold back the tide of savagery and set a light in the darkness.
Journal of the Plague Year offers three new tales from across the world of The Afterblight Chronicles, from the International Space Station to the wilds of the Australian Outback and beyond.

Review: Good cover art in an Arthur C. kind of way.

This is a compilation of the three stories set during a world wide pandemic (The Cull). Definitely not dystopian.

Book one is set on a space station where they watch the world crumble from above, and ultimately have to deal with someone on station murdering other astronauts. This was a compelling story, as the characters lives are laid bare along with their emotions. A good solid read. Rating: 3.0/5

Book two follows the life of a murdering psychopath as he moves through the lives and instances of other people and their surviving groups. I thought the premise was good yet the scenes and general story-line verged on fantasy writing. Dead Kelley is made out to be some kind of killing super-hero, where all life or death scenarios, no matter how impossible, he survives. This rated about 2.2/5.

Book three begins by following two scientists fleeing a religious cult (The Order) bent on eradicating anything they deem unholy. Emil has been branded an atheist (which he is) and is set to hang until Katy Lewkowitz manages to rescue him. After a lengthy chase, The Order catches them yet are subsequently saved by, what seems at first, another cult with a slightly different agenda. While the story line and characters were engaging, some of the fight scenes were not realistic. Katy (a biochemist) faces off against a group of the cults warriors, and pretty much gets the best of them until knocked in the head from behind. During a particular scene, she rushes a couple of bad guys. Both of them seem to lack the ability to draw a firearm, or when they do, to get their gloved fingers into firing position. Really? You are post-apoc Joe-badass, and you can’t draw and shoot a firearm. Well, Katy grabs the barrel and the guy shoots his own face, and she burns and bruises her hand in the process. Searing your hand on the barrel of a firing shotgun doesn’t happen btw. There are other not too credible scenes where Katy fights off 3 assassins with a little knife, while they have guns but don’t seem to use them. Ultimately the Abbot should have tossed Emil to The Order in hopes of a temporary respite from hostilities as Emil was an argumentative, thankless turd. Still a good story-line overall. Rating” 2.3/5.

Overall average: 2.5/5

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