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The Story: In 2012, the Plague ended the world as we know it. In 2130, Charlinder wants to know why.
The origin of the disease remains a mystery. Their ignorance of its provenance fuels a growing schism that threatens to destroy the peace that the survivors’ descendants have built. Unwilling to wait for matters to get any worse, he decides to travel to where the Plague first appeared and find out the truth—which means walking across three continents before returning home.
Charlinder has never been more than ten miles from home, has never heard anyone speak a foreign language, and he’s going it alone.
He survives thousands of miles of everything from near-starvation to near-madness before he meets Gentiola. By then he’s so exhausted that the story she offers to tell seems like little more than a diversion…until he hears it.
Nothing could have prepared him for what he learns from her, and no one ever told him: be careful what you wish for. The world is a much bigger place than Charlinder knew, and his place in it is a question he never asked before.
- My Thoughts: I do like end of the world novels, and this one is of the plague variety. Even after 100 years Charlinder's town only has around 150 people. That's realistic, good move. I also like books where the main character heads off on a quest, beating the odds to find out the truth, and Charlinder's walk takes him all over.
- Now about the writing, I feel this book was a little long and wordy with its paragraphs. Sometimes it is hard to keep going when you don't see a break in the writing. Also, I really felt the author's voice coming through on the pages instead of the character's. It felt preachy. Perhaps an editor or book doctor could make the writing tighter. I can see where the author was going, and the story line itself is interesting, but a bit more character work is needed.