Published February 8th 2012 by Hachette Audio
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We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
“Beauty, you can find it here if you look hard enough.”
I had read Diana’s review and was not sure if I would even enjoy this book. The blurb sounded really interesting and when I was offered an audio book copy, I wanted to give it a shot. I am so glad that I did!
Sometimes, I believe that the audiobook is better than the actual book and this may be the case with this particular book. I really enjoyed the fact that there were four different narrators! Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins and we all know my favorite… Casey Holloway. This made it easy to distinguish between the different characters and it also helped the many characters come to life by having a different voice for each of them.
The story itself is very sad as these characters literally fight for their lives. The destruction that was left from the detonations was devastating and I cannot imagine having the strength to survive in their world.
Pressia– She is a very strong young lady, I do not think she even realizes how strong she is. I really enjoyed her and how she started off very innocent and ended up being a tough little cookie!
Partridge– I really enjoyed him and loved the fact that he took a chance in what he believed was right. He went against his own father to stand up for his friends/family.
Bradwell– He would have to be my favorite character from the book. He is all bad boy and never believed anything that came from the dome. He is tough, trustworthy and really has a thing for Pressia. He kind of made my heart pitter patter at the end.
El Capitan/Helmut– I am still not quite sure of these two characters. At one point, I wanted to trust both of them, but I still think that there is an underlying agenda with these two.
I honestly thought this was a standalone book, until I reached the end and heard “End of book one”. Fuse is due to be released sometime this year and you can bet on my reading it! This book was filled with a lot of gore, but was a wonderful and interesting story.
The 19th Year Trilogy – Book 1
by Emi Gayle
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Target Reader: Young Adult
Keywords: Paranormal Romance
Back of the Book
What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.
In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.
She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.
Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists — which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.
In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.
Previous books in this series:
None. This is the first of three.